This is a series of three so far, all 12 x12 on gallery wrapped canvas. I’m not so crazy about the first one because I cut off my great grandmother’s head and it didn’t turn out very square – somehow it got stretched out. I don’t actually know everyone in these photos but they were all part of the Family Collection that cam down from my mother and father. These are from the paternal side of the family. So, they are mostly all relatives who did live nearby or in Montreal or greater Quebec. Some may be family friends or neighbors.
I did much better on the second one. I’m definitely happy with the combination of these old photos with my naturally dyed and printed fabric.
They might be getting better as I go along. I hope so because I plan on doing some more. Maybe quite a few more…
The natural world is phenomenal and so much of the man-made world - our architecture, our cities - are stunning accomplishments. They exist hand in hand in both beautiful expressions and sometimes disastrous manifestations.
Our entire existence with the natural and the invented is intertwined – each dependent on the other, even as my art evolves, each breathing in the wake of the other.
Surface design is one aspect of the process that I love. I thoroughly enjoy the play with color, value and construct, particularly the improvisation which starts with one thing, an idea, a glimpse of a vision, perhaps something that captures my eye for a moment in time and it grows organically. I become focused on whatever piece I'm working on and follow my muse to find my way.