Limited Edition Narratives of the Lost Chapbook

Limited Edition Narratives of the Lost Chapbook

Limited edition Narratives of the Lost chapbook now available!

JackPine Press now has our lovely chapbook available for purchase online! These are limited edition – you’ll want to scoop your own copy up before they disappear.

We celebrated the chapbook launch in Victoria, B.C. last week.

Narratives of the Lost: A poetry and art collaboration between Bren Simmers and Laurel Terlesky.

The project began with pictures of lost objects taken on daily walks around Squamish, BC, where both creators lived at the time. They sent each other texts of their finds and responded to these objects with poetry, photography, and drawings. By framing these lost objects as art—gloves placed carefully on branches for their owners to reclaim—they become an entry point into narrative, sparking conversations about connection. Who did these items belong to and how do they reflect Squamish’s changing community identity.

The books are digitally printed and hand stitched by the creators.


JackPine Press helps people make literary and artistic book works in smaller print-runs so that we can keep it weird, handcrafted, and uniquely made out of fine or found materials. Please show your support – we need to keep initiatives like this going.


Chopping Block – Limited Edition print

Limited Edition Artist Print: Chopping Block
A limited edition artist print of Chopping Block from Narratives of the Lost is now available. It is 28 x 43 cm (11x 17”) on archival Canson Arches Aquarelle 240gsm (they are gorgeous and will make a beautiful feature in your home). We’re selling them for $65 + tax and shipping. Order online or send me an email if you’d like to order one (or a few!).

Chopping BlockSurveyor’s flag compete with yellow
skunk cabbage along the creek
where someone’s waded across
barefoot and left two socks sunning
on an antlered branch like the stippled fur
of an elk shedding winter’s coat.
Reintroduced after a shotgun century,
they shoulder the Sea-to-Sky highway
ravenous for browse, only to lose the rut
to a F350 outside Timmy Ho’s.
Headlines call herd a danger,
warning signs installed while others tweet.
We’re hooked to an ECG machine
staring down extinction.
#dontgivea #dontevergiveup
All eyes on the end game.

Bren Simmers

Upcoming Exhibitions:

August 4 – 18, 2018: Narratives of the Lost in Lost and Lucidity curated by Diana Aliin partnership with the Santa Ana College Art Gallery, Santa Ana, CA, U.S.A

August 15 – 17, 2018: Surface Rupture at Third Shift Festival, Saint John, New Brunswick

Hope you’re having a stellar summer – full of inspiration and maybe a few surprises 🙂

Summer 2018 Newsletter

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Summer 2018 News

Summer is here! Usually I take a bit of downtime during this time of year to soak up the sun, warmth, and enjoy the water, but 2018 is bringing lots of opportunities – I’m excited to let you in on all that is happening.

Recently I’ve found a new love – SUPing! Super excited to be out on the water exploring in a new way. I’m taking on lakes, Howe Sound, and hopefully soon, some rivers – looking forward to longer adventures and possibly a camping trip at some point. New life goals! Let me know if you’re up for a mission as it’s always better with a friend. I’m sure this will fuel some inspiration for new works – I often get the best thinking in on a board.

And on to the news…

JackPine Press Narratives of the Lost Chapbook Launch

Poet, Bren Simmers and I are celebrating another highlight for Narratives of the Lost this weekend with the launch of a limited edition chapbook with JackPine Press. These are handbound, beautiful books!

Narratives of the Lost features poetry, photography, and drawings that respond to lost objects found around Squamish, B.C.

If you are in Victoria join us on Sunday, July 15 at 7pm at the Copper Owl (1900 Douglas St.) to celebrate. We’ll announce how you can purchase one of the 75 limited edition chapbooks soon. Watch on facebook or instagram. (Is anyone still on Twitter?)

Event details:

Upcoming Exhibition: Loss and Lucidity

Bren and I are also excited to announce that a few pieces from Narratives of the Lostwill be featured in this August exhibition:

‘Loss & Lucidity’ (The Lost & Found)

Curated by Diana Ali (UK)

4th-18th August, 2018

Opening reception Saturday 4th August 7pm-10pm

(Street Level)
205 N. Broadway, Santa Ana, CA 92701, US

Curator and Visual Artist, Diana Ali in collaboration with Santa Ana College Art Gallery and Director, Phil Marquez, is pleased to present the exhibition ‘Loss & Lucidity’ an exhibition of contemporary artwork investigating the misplaced, the missed and the mended.

The exhibition explores what it is to lose something, someone, some direction and some sense of self. But is it so bad to be a flaneur, flaneuse, in wanderlust, in terra incognita, a nomad, a shaman, a drifter?

A fantastic array of international artists come together in one space to find lucidity in that loss. Through various retrieval methodologies the artists explore navigational strategies, emotional celibacy, memories, reinvention, survival skills and escapism. Work exhibited include film, animation, photography, installations, drawings, paintings and sculpture to keep hold of old ties, retrace steps and to experience the joy of retrieval.

The exhibition asks the audience how we find clarity and closure when the subject has ceased. It allows the artists to answer how the unforeseen is evitable not calculated or measured because ultimately our possessions may have disappeared but we are still here.

For a full list of all the artist’s details please visit:

Curator: Diana Ali:

Hope you can make it if you’re in southern California this August. More details here:

New Narratives of the Lost Limited Edition Prints

One more piece of news for Narratives of the Lost: In conjunction with the Loss and Lucidityexhibition we decided to make a few more limited edition artist prints from the project. Each print is  28 x 43 cm (11x 17”) on archival Canson Arches Aquarelle 240gsm (they are gorgeous!). We’re selling them for $65 + tax and shipping. Please send me an email if you’d like to order one (or a few!). I’ll post them for sale on my site and on etsy soon.

Upcoming Exhibition: Third Shift Festival

Festival of Contemporary Artworks
Saint John, New Brunswick

August 15 – 17, 2018

THIRD SHIFT is a festival of public contemporary artworks presented by Third Space, a not-for-profit artist-run centre in Saint John, New Brunswick. Established in 2015, THIRD SHIFT aims to offer citizens a unique opportunity to engage with contemporary art and re-imagine their city. THIRD SHIFT holds space for new experiences and communal exchange through the exhibition of temporary installations, interventions, performances and projections in the heart of Uptown Saint John. All activities are free of charge and open to the public.

Event info:

I’m excited to announce that I will be presenting porcelain and touch-media installation, Surface Rupture to Third Shift. Really excited to see people interact with this installation about the memory of touch.

Memories captured in our flesh are often recalled vividly, relaying both a narrative experience and a felt sensation. Surface Rupture explores the skin’s surface and how touch can penetrate, shift, break, expand and ripple our emotional and physical senses. Produced with the support of the British Columbia Arts Council.

Artist Talk at Thompson Rivers University

In April I was fortunate to exhibit Hallowed Winds at Arnica, an artist-run centre in Kamloops. While I was there I was graced to give a talk on my work to the students at Thompson Rivers University. It’s such a privilege to share my practice and I was thrilled to receive so many deep and informed questions. Thanks TRU! Here’s a video of my talk:

That’s all! Enjoy the warm summer sunshine!  Hope to see you soon 🙂

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Lately I’m totally confused about what I should wear and how many activities I can pack into a day – that must mean spring is here! (or almost!!) Can’t wait to get my hands into the dirt and soak up some B.C. sunshine. I’ll keep this short. With all the possibility in the air I know how precious your time and focus is so please feel free to remove yourself from this list – but if I’ve inspired you in the least, please share! Trying to grow my audience these days 🙂

Hallowed Winds is opening this week in Kamloops, B.C. at Arnica Artist-Run Centre.

I’m really pumped to bring Hallowed Winds to a new community. I built this interactive sound installation while in residence at Quest University Canada with funding from the Canada Council for the Arts and the Squamish Arts Council.Hallowed Winds (2015) examines how our physical body holds a memory. To touch and be touched momentarily ruptures the boundary between our internal and external sense of space. Participants engaging with the installation will hear multiple stories about the memory of touch that ride on breath and wind, evoking the deeply felt nature of relationships.Here’s a short video preview of the installation:

 “Our body is not in space like things, it inhabits or haunts space. It applies itself to space like a hand to an instrument, and when we wish to move about we do not move our body as we move an object. We transport it without instruments as if by magic, since it is ours and because through it we have access to space.”– Maurice Merleau-Ponty. An Unpublished Text. The Primacy of Perception: And Other Essays on Phenomenlogical Psychology.  Translated by Arleen B. Dallery. Evanston, IL: Northwestern University Press, 1964

Hallowed Winds, March 24 – April 27, 2018
Arnica Artist Run Centre
Old Courthouse Cultural Centre
7 Seymour St West,  Kamloops, B.C.Opening Night: Saturday March 24, 2018, 6:30 -8:30pm. (I will be in attendance)
More information and RSVP hereArtist Talk, Friday March 23, 12:30pm – 1:30pm
Thompson Rivers University, Old Main 1494
More information and RSVP hereI will be showing alongside the talented Teresa Ascencao who will be performing at Thompson Rivers University from 1:45 – 2 pm.
More information and RSVP here

In Berlin, “An Encyclopedia of Tenderness // Eine Enzyklopädie des Zarten” curated by Anne Brannys at  Galerie im Körnerpark continues until April 18, 2018.The exhibition project “An Encyclopedia of Tenderness” is based on the dissertation of the same name by Anne Brannys. In it, the artist illuminates the central concept of the delicate from different perspectives and interlinks human and scientific as well as artistic questions. In eight focal points, the exhibition unfolds the theme as a walk-in encyclopaedia in a spatial structure specially developed for the presentation. This spatially rhythmic order of knowledge is at the same time permeable and allows cross-connections between the exhibits through a sensory guidance system. The artistic works – a selection from an extensive archive of positions, submitted on a call for tender – illustrate a diverse range of approaches to the subject and explore the complexity of the term in a sensory perceptible way. Thus, the physically experienceable experience of an exhibition becomes a logical extension of the collection of knowledge available in book form.Featured in this exhibition is a selection from my vulnerable language drawing series.

That’s all from me for now. Please let your friends and family in the Kamloops area know about Hallowed Winds at Arnica Artist Run Centre. Fun fact: The bottom of the mound of bedsheets is made of 6 or so sandbags filled with local material. In Squamish I used rocks, driftwood, wood chips from the local mill, sand and dirt. I’ll be on a mission my first day in Kamloops with a shovel – let’s hope the ground isn’t too frozen!Stay tuned for an exciting announcement from Bren Simmers and I about our project, Narratives of the Lost.If you’re interested in picking up any art cards or prints – shoot me an email or order from my website: and cards are also available through the Whistler Arts Council Gift Shop in Maury Young Arts Centre.Available in my online shop is a print of Button Down from Narratives of the Lost and a selection from Vulnerable Language.
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WSU Tri-Cities program allows scholars to live, work — bring inspiration

WSU Tri-Cities program allows scholars to live, work — bring inspiration

Washington State University Tri-Cities art residency program allows scholars to live and work here — and bring inspiration _ Tri-City Herald

Canadian artist Laurel Terlesky is the first participant in the new Guest House Cultural Capital Residency through Washington State University Tri-Cities.

WSU Tri-Cities program allows scholars to live, work — bring inspiration


SEPTEMBER 30, 2017 1:29 PM

Laurel Terlesky is a celebrated artist who’s spent years exploring touch and memory.

She’s based in Canada, and she’s worked and exhibited around the world.

She’s about to add a stint in the Tri-Cities to her list.

Terlesky is the first participant in the new Guest House Cultural Capital Residency through Washington State University Tri-Cities.

The program invites creative scholars in varying fields to live and work in Richland for short periods of time, from one week to one month. They conduct research that’s inspired by the area or that seeks to build culture and community in the region, and they make connections with students and community members along the way.

“We hope this will culminate in some fruitful projects,” said Peter Christenson, an assistant professor of fine arts and the residency program’s director.

It’s an opportunity for the scholars to work and research in a new setting, and for the community to get an infusion of new ideas and inspiration, he said.

Terlesky arrives in Richland this weekend.

Like the other resident scholars who’ll come to town over the next several months, she’ll stay at the Guest House, a “living learning community” a couple miles from campus.

Terlesky is staying about two weeks.

surface rupture

Canadian artist Laurel Terlesky is the first participant in the new Guest House Cultural Capital Residency through Washington State University Tri-Cities. She’s known for installations including Surface Rupture.

She’s based in Squamish, British Columbia, and holds a master of fine arts from Transart Institute and a bachelor of fine arts from the University of Victoria.

In recent years, she’s focused on exploring memory and touch, from installations such as Weighted Strings, which used wires to meditate on connection, and Surface Rupture, which explored the skin’s surface and the power of touch.

She’s completed residencies in other places, but the Guest House Cultural Capital Residency is her first in the U.S. She’ll work on a project about hope.

Terlesky said she’s excited to make the trip.

During a residency, “you’re out of your day-to-day situation. You’re there, you’re focused on your work without a lot of other distractions,” she said.

And it’s a chance to make new connections and be inspired, she said. Terlesky said she’s especially looking forward to working with students.

weighted strings

As part of the program, the resident scholars interact with Guest House students and the community through lectures and other creative activities. They’re also asked to donate a piece of research or art to a GH Cultural Capital Permanent Collection.

Terleksy’s schedule of public events will be posted on the residency program’s website,, this week.

People also can inquire about appointments with her by emailing Christenson at

Along with Terlesky, five other resident scholars have been chosen for the program so far. Three more will make trips this fall, and two will arrive in the spring.

But, “we’re hoping to grow that number,” Christenson said, noting the program has received more than 50 submissions from creatives all over the world.

The program is funded in part through the Guest House. Chris Meiers, vice chancellor of enrollment management and student services, and Danielle Kleist, director of student life and services, helped make the program happen, along with former WSU Tri-Cities official Brandon Fox.

Christenson said he’s excited to welcome Terlesky and kick off the residency program.

“The goal, first and foremost, is to give students and the community access to diverse research practices and scholarship,” he said. “More broadly, we’re hoping that this continues to build culture in the Tri-Cities. We want to keep Tri-Cities on the map, and we want these (scholars) to think about how we can enhance the cultural capital of the Tri-Cities.”

Sara Schilling: 509-582-1529, @SaraTCHerald

Canadian artist Laurel Terlesky is the first participant in the new Guest House Cultural Capital Residency through Washington State University Tri-Cities. She’s known for installations including Surface Rupture.

Lost and found: objects in Squamish

Lost and found: objects in Squamish

Local artists’ project creates images and poetry of abandoned objects

Jennifer Thuncher | Squamish Chief
April 7, 2016 06:00 AM

Bren Simmers (left) and Laurel Terlesky at Nexen Beach. The women are launching an image and poetry project, Narratives of the Lost. Photo: Bren Simmers and Laurel Terlesky

Laurel Terlesky sees a single black glove along the trail at Nexen Beach. Instead of passing it by as other walkers do, Terlesky takes out her camera and snaps a photo, it is for her Narratives of the Lost project.

Terlesky takes pictures of left items she finds in her travels and poet Bren Simmers puts words to the images.

Terlesky explains the project: “To be able to develop a narrative about our community and try to get a lens back to the owners who might have had these objects, and also objects have been left in certain places, so really finding a sense of identity through the land and the people that are here…

“I feel like our community is transitioning a lot, there’s a lot of new people moving here and even with Nexen and the Oceanfront starting to get developed too.”

A lost pair of socks along a Squamish trail.

“That was a pretty good one,” she said of the trophy, which didn’t have a nameplate.

A collared dress shirt left on a bench out in the rain was another curious item Terlesky found – a “deflated shirt, like someone had just walked out of it.”

The items point to a unique character of Squamish, Terlesky said.

“It is not that they were just left on the side of the path or something. They are carefully hung up on a tree or put somewhere,” she said.

An abandoned trophy at Nexen Beach near the log sort. – See more at:

Rather than just images, Terlesky wanted a narrative added to enhance the project, so she contacted the poet Simmers to develop it more, and along with the photos, “start to create the conversation.”

Simmers, who has lived in Squamish for about two years, says penning poems for each item is an entry point for her into the stories and history of the district.

“I look through the different pictures she puts up and inevitably there will be one that will grab my attention,” Simmers said, adding the discarded trophy was definitely one that got her thinking. “How did it get there? And why didn’t the person put it in the garbage can? They couldn’t actually let go of it and just the whole scene suggested this sort of identity in transition, so I sort of went with it as a larger portrait of Squamish and it changing in terms of its identity in the world.”

The women want to make the project interactive, according to Simmers.

They are asking Squamish residents to send in images of lost objects they have seen, along with the location. Eventually, the plan is to print postcards with an image on one side and a poem on the back, Simmers said. The cards would be distributed around Squamish.

The Squamish Arts Council recently granted the project $2,000 from its 2016 Arts and Culture Enhancement Grant. The funds will help build toward a public show planned for the fall.

To send images or for more information, email Terlesky at

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