Behind the Mall

Steak, Santa Fe Springs, California, archival ink jet print on varnished canvas (40x60 inches), 2006

Behind the Mall is an exploration of the visual propaganda of mobile food advertising. Its central theme is the industrialization of our food and the dulling of our perception to a point where we are removed from any direct knowledge of our food production. It is also intended to reveal both the humour and irony in our everyday landscape that are not always immediately evident.

Silo No5

Untitled 82, Montréal, Silo No5,  archival ink jet print on tyvek stretched on frame (40x60 inches), 2000–2002

From 2000 to 2002, Diana Shearwood documented the Silo No5 in Montréal’s Old Port. Over the course of an extended artist residency, she took hundreds of photographs of both the exterior and interior of this monumental structure.

Abandoned Motels

Marina Motel, Sign, Salton Sea, California,  archival ink jet print on Arches watercolour paper (22x30 inches), 1998

This series portrays the tattered abandonment of two forgotten motels located in the California desert near the Salton Sea.

Guggenheim Bilbao

Guggenheim Bilbao No 9, Bilbao, Spain, archival ink jet print on Arches watercolour paper (26x41 inches), 1998

In May 1998 Diana Shearwood traveled to Spain where she photographed the recently completed Guggenheim Bilbao Museum.


Silo No 1, from the Zone series, Montréal,  archival ink jet print on Arches paper (26x41 inches), 1997

In 1997 Montréal architects Atelier in situ completed work on the Zone building in Montréal’s Faubourg des Récollets. In a self-created residency, Shearwood  spent the better part of a year recording the traces of the building’s industrial past, its massive renovation, and its sleek transformation.

Canada Malting

Canada Malting Silo No 2, Lachine Canal, Montréal, archival ink jet print on varnished canvas (18x24 inches), 2005

As part of her on-going investigation of cast-off buildings, Diana Shearwood photographed the former Canada Malting silos which overlook Montreal’s Lachine Canal.

Coast Guard

Coast Guard Station, Tom Nevers, Nantucket, USA, archival ink jet print on Hahnemuhle photo rag (22x30 inches), 1999

In 1999 Diana Shearwood lived for two months on a small island in the Atlantic Ocean. Forever searching for decay within the built environment, she discovered a neglected coast guard training facility. It was the lone architectural ruin amidst the well-kept summer homes, windswept moors, wild roses, and pristine beaches.


Overpass No 1, Turcot Interchange, Montréal, 2001

The Overpass series, which documents Montréal’s Turcot interchange, was first published in the French art journal éc/arts in 2002.

Vernacular Architecture

Gibeau Orange Julep, Décarie Boulevard, Montréal, archival ink jet print on tyvek (41x26 inches), 1996

In the Oxford online dictionary the second entry for the adjective “vernacular” is “architecture concerned with domestic and functional rather than monumental buildings.” The first entry for the noun “vernacular” is “everyday language, colloquial language, conversational language, common parlance, demotic, lay terms.”