Prototype for a Bathroom / Surrey Stories 2018 focussed on descriptions of the early settler environment in South Surrey – logging, stump-clearing, ditch-digging. The resulting artwork is an exploration of settler and historian voices which portray often difficult and problematic aspects of our past. In this work, uncomfortable extracts and quotes are broken, blasted apart, like the stumps that remained after Surrey’s old growth forests were logged. These remnants are re-combined into a modern colourful palette, like the beautifully-manicured neighbourhood in which I live. The work attempts to capture the tension I feel between how I live today and what I know about the area’s past. As I spend time digging into the history (or trying to read the text in the artwork), it becomes difficult and uncomfortable.