Any Day Now
Any Day Now is a site-responsive installation series which explores experiences of displacement, especially in circumstances of renoviction, development, and gentrification. This ongoing multidisciplinary piece uses drawing and printmaking to document some of the many homes in the Lower Mainland which are sitting empty, waiting to be torn down to make way for development. These houses range from derelict to just recently vacated. Some are unnerving, some charming, some have children’s toys in the yard, potted plants on the porch, and curtains in the windows. All hold a mysterious magnetic draw. After each house is demolished, its drawing is transformed into a lantern and installed as a memorial on the vacant lot where the house sat, like a miniature, illuminated ghost of the now vanished home. The lantern installations are photographed, creating a growing archive and a record of a rapidly shifting urban landscape.
Keely O’Brien is an interdisciplinary artist whose practice incorporates handmade objects with innovative theatre creation. Devoted to a thoroughly handcrafted process, Keely’s work includes puppetry in miniature and enormous scales, immersive installations, imaginative ephemera, and interactive experiences. As a community engaged arts educator Keely creates and facilitates participatory and collaborative artwork with community members and organizations. Keely is Co-Artistic Director of experimental theatre company Popcorn Galaxies.