Ephemeral and Temporal Art by Wynne Palmer

A digitally manipulated photo of four frames of a person's facefury

Wynne Palmer is a Vancouver-based multimedia and performance artist, dealing in works that are often ephemeral and temporal in nature. Wynne explores liminal spaces and fleeting experiences, sometimes conjuring works that require some participation on the audience’s part in order to be fully perceived. 


ontario & kent ave. s.


I like the works that Wynne has created in 2020. The COVID-19 pandemic has necessitated a different approach for these works, and in ontario & kent ave. s., Wynne has produced a work that is, in effect, a collaboration with the organizers of 19 Waltzes for the Distanced,  an asynchronous, participatory piece originally by John Cage and presented by the Blueridge Chamber Music Festival. Wynne’s piece combines the aesthetics of infrared and panoramic photography with audio taken from the location, producing an effect that invokes a dreamlike recollection of a particular time and place, and the disconnect from “places” that the pandemic has produced. 


In oz factor | fashion or weapon, Wynne presents a series of kaleidoscopic views of her own face, obscured with a mask, dark glasses, and layers of photographic imagery. These pieces speak to a sense of unfamiliarity, calling to mind headwear and photo filters designed to foil facial-recognition technology.

An up-close portrait of a heavily disguised facePatty

Written by: Dallas Jeffs
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