Dr. Irving’s art explores elements of the human experience.
His extended immersion on artistic themes results in works
that are a series or a project. Each of the projects listed
below could be viewed as Heuristic Art and even Heuristic
The Embryo Show Series developed into Dr. Irving's first
in depth Heuristic Art Research Project. The embryo Show
Series began as an art project to depict the awe and wonder
of birth and becoming life. Discoveries of the Embryo Show
series led to a theory of natalism and pioneering work in
pre and perinatal psychology. Dr. Irving’s natalistic
sculpture is graceful and is additionally valuable in collections
for its importance in the worlds of art and psychology.
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THE CHILD ABUSE SURVIVOR MONUMENT
Undertaking a National
Child Abuse Monument was conceived by Dr. Irving in
1990. He shared the ideas of design, function and process
of creation with other survivors, clinicians and artists.
Common denominators of feed back were that it needed to
be collaborative, personal and story telling. In the fall
of 1995 Dr. Irving wrote a formal business plan.
After six years of conceptual inquiry and a six-month art
research stage, workshops for sculpting quilt squares began
in January 1997 and continued across Canada into 2001 when
the primary sculpting of the “Reaching Out”
figures and quilt squares was completed. The quilt squares
as limited edition cast paper sculptures separate from their
role on the Monument figures have significant income generating