Transcontinental is a body of work that is inspired from previous personal and collective experiences of working as a sleeping-car porter on the Canadian railway and train travel. The works explore the complexities of the Canadian railroad combined with the enduring folkloric stereotypes the train embodies in Canada. Issues the work delves into includes conflicting notions of landscape, history, identity, nationhood, migration, tourism, labour and various representations of the view and perspective.
Romanticized and persisting colonial fantasies of the train, wilderness and travel are toyed with and juxtaposed by the realities of the degraded landscapes, resource exploitation, pollution, stagnation and the mundane.
Image credits: Leif Norman