In recent years, Artificial Intelligence (AI) has emerged as a useful—though controversial—tool for artists and illustrators alike. Using written prompts (such as “a cat painted in the style of Monet”), AI text-to-image generators are capable of creating images across a range of styles, from hyper-realistic to abstract.
But is it art? Read more in DALL·Eance, art criticism for the Extremely Online.
A Place to Grow
Arcing along Ontario’s Greater Golden Horseshoe region, the Greenbelt safeguards 2 million acres of river valleys, wetlands, forests, and meadows. Farms in the area produce local food and wine, while contributing to the province's tourism sector. And yet, Ontario's Premier, Doug Ford, has promised to open a “big chunk” of Ontario’s Greenbelt for development; which would pave nearly 400 acres of protected land. Read more in my story for NiCHE (Network in Canadian History & Environment).
Born in 1833, Kate Crooks joined the Botanical Society of Canada in 1861. She contributed to a flora of southwestern Ontario, and her pressed botanical specimens were exhibited in London at the International Exhibition of 1862. Written for Atlas Obscura, my story of this forgotten Canadian botanist was published in May 2019.
John Davis Barnett
In 2015, I curated an exhibition of rare books at Western University, in London, Ontario, Canada. The focus of my exhibition was John Davis Barnett, a rare book collector and plant hunter who gave his library of 40,000 volumes to Western University in 1918. I wrote about this exhibition for the journal Public Services Quarterly.