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  Romances (2005 - present)


Following a 10-day journey through the Canadian Forces Artist Program on the HMCS Calgary from Pearl Harbour to the Esquimalt Naval Base, HoTam's Romances includes drawing, painting, video and photography in an exploration of the sea and the Navy that combines fact and fiction. The project continues his long time study of gender and race, and examines the various constructs of masculinity, military and nationality. Tam says, "The romance of the sea has given rise to plenty of myths and imaginings. In bringing together the rich symbolism and reference about the sea and the voyage, I seek to construct a complex yet open-ended, larger narrative."