Being a recent immigrant to Canada, Fuzzy Mall wanted to explore his new community and city of Hamilton, Ontario. He meets and interviews people about themselves and the city, and photograph them during their first meeting. Fuzzy uses the photos as the source material to create a quilted portrait using found and reclaimed textiles. When they meet for the second time to look at the portrait together, the artist asks the person to nominate the next participant. Participants range from community organizers, artists, arts administrators, musicians, bloggers, brewers and a member of the city council. In effect, he is building a large quilt out of the network of people he is meeting in his new home.
This current body of work is interaction driven. The artist takes candid photos during his interactions, and tries to capture the raised eyebrows, crooked smiles and waving hands that we use to communicate. It’s a response to the deluge of Instagram/Facebook images that we are flooded with. His goal is to tap into the tradition of quilts and painted portraits as family heirlooms by creating contemporary portraits from the casual photographs that are snapped by cell phones and live in the cloud. Fuzzy is reinterpreting this fleeting imagery by slowing down the process and hand working them, rather than swiping them away with his finger.