Tanea Hynes, Artist – St. John’s

Tanea Hynes (@taneahynes) is an interdisciplinary artist from Labrador City, NL, and currently a Masters of a Fine Art candidate at Concordia University. She draws from her personal experience of working and growing up in an isolated mining town to create works that question the nature of extractive industries while grappling with survival, healing, love, and beauty in the cold, relentless landscapes of late-capitalism. She was most recently Artist in Residence at The Rooms Provincial Art Gallery, where her solo exhibition WORKHORSE is currently on view until September 26. WORKHORSE, the limited edition book, is also available here.


  1. Mamiya RB67

This camera is massive and weighs a ton, and despite how much more comfortable I am with something that can fit in my pocket (and draw less attention to me), I love how it forces my image-making process into a more mindful and meditative procedure. I also love the way the top-down viewfinder makes the world look so unreal and precious. Paired with a 65mm lens and Kodak Portra 400, it’s dreamy!

  1. Fake Love Letters, Forged Telegrams, and Prison Escape Maps: Designing Graphic Props for Filmmaking by Annie Atkins

I genuinely could not be more obsessed with this book. I don’t have a background in film, but it wakes up my desire to make stuff every time I flip through it. I am totally enamoured with vintage ticket stubs, old scraps of paper, rubber stamps, printed ephemera, matchboxes, painted signs, and hand-lettering. And this book is a treasure trove of delicious examples of all of those things. It makes me wish that we still made everyday objects by hand with so much care and attention to detail. Ugh, mass production!

  1. The St. John’s Battery

Lately I’ve been enjoying walks through the Battery in St. John’s. I love this neighbourhood because it is so unique, nestled into the side of a cliff along the narrows of the harbour. It seems like the most challenging place you could ever choose to build a house and I admire the creativity it took to settle here. It is such a special place to have so close to the city. I really appreciate how the residents and neighbours have so willingly invited walkers to pass through their properties with DIY paths and staircases, crossing over their own front doorsteps and straight through their yards. This warm sense of community trust is a breath of fresh air in a world where private property is hostile, distance from others has become mandatory, and walking in the city can sometimes feel like a constant effort to avoid accidentally trespassing.

  1. Bad Luck, Hot Rocks: Conscience Letters and Photographs from the Petrified Forest by Ryan Thompson & Phil Orr

The Petrified Forest in Northeast Arizona was established to protect a 200 million year old deposit of petrified wood. Still, it’s hard for visitors to resist the urge to take a piece of the forest with them when they leave. This book details a selection of over one thousand “conscience letters” sent to the park by tourists along with their ill-gotten souvenirs: beautifully documented pieces of petrified wood. I like this book because the letters are so sincere and packed with humility. Ultimately, it reflects a growing geological consciousness as we become more and more aware of the human impact on our planet. This is my favourite letter in the book: “They are beautiful, but I can’t enjoy them – they weigh like a ton of bricks on my conscience. Sorry.”

  1. My dog, Acer

My sweet special puppy. He is the purest form of love, joy, and sweetness. My heart and soul!