Everything That Rises (2015)
Everything That Rises takes its name from Flannery O’Connor’s collection of short stories, Everything That Rises Must Converge. Located at Lansdowne Avenue and Dupont Street in Toronto, the text references the smoke that once rose from the many working factories in the area and the condo towers that now climb toward the sky. It also reflects that physical landscape of the neighbourhood: the land begins to rise where the mural is located, very close to where Lake Iroquois (now Lake Ontario) once crested. I painted the mural with Ryan Dineen and with assistance from Henry Dineen. The project was commissioned by The Public Realm and financially supported by StART.