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"The love of money is the root of all evil."
- The Bible
"The point is, you can never be too greedy."
- Donald Trump
Two things used to terrorize people around the world are: power and poverty.  Money buys power.  Does that make power evil?  Power buys government.  Does that make government evil?

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“If you want a lover I'll do anything you ask me to. And if you want another kind of love I'll wear a mask for you.”
– Leonard Cohen

“Hit me with your rhythm stick.”
– Ian Drury and the Blockheads

I'll do just about anything if I'm wearing a mask. Anonymity can be very liberating. Just ask anyone who's encountered a glory hole (or a confessional). Masks can come in many forms: balaclavas, beards, burkhas, hairpieces, harnesses, hoodies, robes, rhetoric, religion.

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Textile photo 39 I Hold My Father's Heart With My Mother's Hands 2011 18 X 24 Felt embroidery thread Mitts knitted by Elsie Hare

I Hold My Father's Heart With My Mother's Hands
Knitted mittens (Elsie Hare)
Hand stitched felt (Philip Hare)
18" X 24"  

In October, 2011, my father underwent open heart surgery at the age of 87. Since his operation, my 7 siblings, our partners and I, have been helping Dad through his tumultuous recovery.

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Textile photo 38 Speech From the Throne 2008 Philip Hare6x6Digital photographs canvas

Speech From the Throne

6 X 6 feet

Artist Statement

Sex and politics have a long history together. They certainly make strange bedfellows. And you can forget about a “happy ending”.

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Bathhouse Quilts:
Confessions of a Towel Hag
Edited by Gordon Bowness

It started in a cage. That's what we called it, “the cage”, the hub of my workplace, The Barracks, a very old-school denim and leather bathhouse that stood at 56 Widmer Street in Toronto until 2005. I was fortunate to work there in the late 1990's – fortunate, like it's fortunate we have chemotherapy. Like chemotherapy, what doesn't kill you makes you stronger.

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(Happiness is a Felt Penis)


I work in a variety of media: paint and plywood, silkscreen and textiles.  For the past two years I have worked primarily with cloth.  Historically, cloth has been used as a medium for the transference of familial and cultural information from one generation to the next.  My interest lies in exploring this tradition from a queer perspective.

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