Michael Caines has participated in numerous residencies including the Banff Centre for the Arts in 2005, and is trained in expressive arts, which he has taught at the Flemming College in Haliburton, Ontario. Caines has been creating a book-length drawing project over the last year entitled Purgastoria, which explores Caines’ childhood realization of mortality and a desire to more fully explore his relationship to death. The artist personally experienced a series of illnesses that led him to consider the fragility of his own body and inspired his interest in images of the demise and regeneration of the body. During his Visiting Artist residency at Open Studio, Caines created a sequence of screenprints as a limited edition book.
The residency was an excellent opportunity for the development of a new creative direction in my work, and a rare experience in that I had complete access to the excellent resources at the studio. – Michael Caines, Visiting Artist 2007