Rhonda Weppler and Trevor Mahovsky collaborative work takes the form of sculptural and, more recently, photographic still life. In all cases their works are a trace of a drawn-out activity: travel, repetitive labour, or shopping, scrounging and collecting. Their sculptural works, utilizing simple methods such as embossing forms into common aluminum foil, are subject to alteration over time, and are often subject to the effects of deterioration caused by ambient environmental conditions. The traces of labour that comprise their work – such as frozen drips of paint and plaster, or the hollow foil casts that record a chain of hundreds of objects - lead to a dialogue with photography and the way it freezes the world for examination, as their works attempt to be models of the same world they are embedded within.
Vancouver-based artists who have worked collaboratively since 2004, Weppler and Mahovsky have MFA degrees from the University of British Columbia, where they met in 1996. Exhibitions include: National Gallery of Canada (Ottawa), Vancouver Art Gallery, Alberta Art Gallery (Edmonton), Contemporary Art Gallery (Vancouver), LABoral (Gijon), Dos de Mayo (Madrid), Power Plant (Toronto), Musee d’art Contemporain (Montreal), Tokyo Wonder Site, loop-raum (Berlin), Ottawa Art Gallery, Kamloops Art Gallery, Mount Saint Vincent University Gallery (Halifax), Southern Alberta Art Gallery (Lethbridge), Darling Foundry (Montreal). Rhonda Weppler’s solo work has also been exhibited at the Palazzo delle Papesse (Siena) and COCA (Seattle), and in 2007 she completed an ISCP residency in New York.
Rhonda Weppler's residency is supported by Artspace in partnership with the Canada Council for the Arts and the New South Wales Government through Arts NSW; and is part of a reciprocal International Residency with the Darling Foundry, Montréal, Canada.