Setting

Acrylic and graphite on paper mounted on cradled birch panel (2020)

Size: w 13″ x h 18″ x d 1.5″

Last night I was thinking about the poet Louise Bogan (subject of my PhD thesis a while back). She and her husband renovated an old farmhouse in New York state in 1929. She loved that house. A year and a half later they were driving home from visiting his mother and could see over the horizon that their house was burning. She lost all her manuscripts.

The painting above is about the sun setting. The poem below is about climate change — not about Bogan’s experience — but the image in my head of her house burning, seen through her eyes, was the spark for it.

Bereft

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When I left, the world was green

There was birdsong

There was life.

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Left/Nothing

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I came home to find my house on fire

I was not gone long

I had not gone far.

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I dream of scorched earth

Undaunted

Acrylic, ink, water soluble crayon on tiles mounted on cradled birch panel (2021)

Size: w 16″ x h 12″ x d 2″

Just finished this piece for inclusion in a show of the same name, the annual OKWA (Organization of Kingston Women Artists) exhibit at the Window Gallery in Kingston, Canada for the month of October.

For a year and a half a herd of elephants has been migrating across southwest China, covering hundreds of miles – sometimes wandering through neighbourhoods or crossing city thoroughfares cleared of traffic by police monitoring their progress.  No-one knows why they left the Xishuangbanna National Nature Reserve in March 2020, but diminishing habitat would have been a factor.  Perhaps then they got lost and just kept going.  Only now are they almost home again.

The mystery of the venture combined with the roaming herd’s determination and stamina has fascinated people around the world these many long pandemic months.  We have been captivated by the soulful, at times playful, creatures and taken inspiration from their quest.  In the words of a young man hired to deliver corn and pineapples to the always hungry elephants, “it almost felt as if there was a holy aura around them.”

Thinking It Over

Acrylic, graphite, water soluble crayon on paper mounted on birch panel (2019/2021)

Size: w 11.5″ x h 18.5″ x d 0.5″

This piece and three others will be in a group show at the Window Gallery in Kingston for the month of March. In person viewing will be possible; a virtual exhibit is also planned. http://www.windowartgallerykingston.com/

Lounging

Acrylic, graphite, conte on paper mounted on birch panel (2020)

Size: w 9 ” x h 12″ x d 1.5″

Time/Lines, my current solo show, has had an extended run at the Art Noise Gallery and is coming now to an end on Saturday (12 September). The store is open for browsing, as is the gallery. Thank you to Art Noise staff and patrons for your support! Stay well and be kind.