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.
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.
This series portrays the tattered abandonment of two forgotten motels located in the California desert near the Salton Sea.
In May 1998 Diana Shearwood traveled to Spain where she photographed the recently completed Guggenheim Bilbao Museum.
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.
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.
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.
The Overpass series, which documents Montréal’s Turcot interchange, was first published in the French art journal éc/arts in 2002.
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.”