Mind Over Matter by Lise Melhorn Boe

I have Multiple Chemical Sensitivities. I have tried to keep my home a safe place for me to live, but at one point, my house began to make me sick. I had to sleep in our unheated front porch all winter, and find an outside studio in which to work. The painted images in Mind Over Matter were done as a way of imagining myself overcoming the challenge of not being able to live in my own home. It's part of a series of books about our environment's affect on our health, and is a companion piece my other book, Homeless, which can be seen here.

Artist Bio

Lise Melhorn-Boe has been making and exhibiting books and sculptural bookworks for over thirty years.  She studied at the University of Guelph and received her M.A. and M.F.A. degrees from Wayne State University in Detroit. Melhorn-Boe has exhibited widely across Canada and the United States as well as Europe and South America. Her work is in several public and university collections including the Art Gallery of Ontario, the Canada Council Art Bank, Library and Archives Canada, the National Gallery in Ottawa, and the Museum of Modern Art in New York. She has had solo exhibitions at the Art Gallery of Sudbury, The Timmins Museum Centre, the Art Gallery of Algoma, the Emma Ciotti Gallery (Iroquois Falls), the Art Gallery of Temiskaming (Haileybury), the Robert McLaughlin Gallery (Oshawa), the Lake Galleries (Toronto) and the gallery  at the University of Toronto’s Scarborough Campus, as well as White Water Gallery and W.K.P. Kennedy Gallery in North Bay. Melhorn-Boe offers bookmaking workshops for adults and children. She has taught children through The Royal Conservatory of Music’s Learning Through the Arts program. She currently is on the roster for the Ontario Arts Council's Artists in Education program. She lives in Kingston, Ontario.