Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Faded Poets, Forests and the Frontenac

Recently in my winter reading, a friend passed along to me a biography of Gwendolyn MacEwen: The Shadow Maker and I became struck by the intensity of this young Canadian poet whose contemporaries were Margaret Atwood and Sylvia Tyson to name a few. John Reeves also a contemporary Toronto photographer had photographed her as a young woman of thirty-two with her haunting Egyptian like kohl eyes and tiny pursed lips in a frankly intelligent gaze.

This encaustic piece is a mixed media photo transfer taken from the John Reeves photograph of Gwendolyn in Toronto.  She is surrounded by symbols connected to events in her life, her lovers and her poetry. She died tragically at 48 years old from chronic alcoholism.

Sure to follow will be another portrait this time inspired by The Life of Margaret Laurence. I found it very intrigueing to explore the artist through portraiture.

Just last week I sent off to the Frontenac Arch Biosphere: Call to Artists, a four part encaustic work inspired by Frontenac Park in the heart of this unique region. This is the 10th anniversary of the Frontenac Arch Biosphere and a juried show will take place June 8-21 at the Marianne Van Silfhout Gallery of St. Lawrence College, Brockville. The Opening reception on June 8 will launch numerous 2012 anniversary festivities. Hope you can attend.

The third work you see here is a personal narrative about an exciting canoe trip my husband Bob and I took down the Rideau Canal to Kingston in 2005. We brought our camping gear and enjoyed staying overnight at campsites at the locks. It was a humble but challenging way to see the Canal on the 200th anniversay of its construction by Colonel By. I make reference through photo transfer of Kayaking for Cancer; celebrating my birthday at Opinegon; and of course, the trusty cargo canoe.

Tribute to Gwendolyn MacEwen                12" x 16"                    encaustic, mixed media        $400. & HST

Historical Journey through the Frontenac        24" x 36"        encaustic, mixed media         $800. &HST

Frontenac I, II, IV, IV                                  24" x 48"                   encaustic                             $1800. &HST

No comments:

Post a Comment