Thursday, 19 March 2015
Monday, 16 March 2015
Tuesday, 10 March 2015
Thursday, 5 March 2015
My grandmother had a formica kitchen table with flower designs all over it, just like the ones you see here.
I distinctly remember taking a piece of paper and tracing the flowers. It was so satisfying...easy and yet eye appealing.
Trying to force spring a little, we went to an art store and bought some paper to make into curtains (another post, another day). On the way home, wetting our whistles, we discovered how fun it could be to trace the flowers that showed through.
Everything fell away, as we traced those lines.
Tuesday, 3 March 2015
Image: Mary Pratt
To find out how things actually look is a revelation.
— Mary Pratt, 1997
— Mary Pratt, 1997
I got to the Mary Pratt exhibit on the very last day of the show. I took my almost ten year old with me and she was astonished. It was exciting to be with someone who had never seen her work before. She kept repeating over and over, "I can't believe they are not photographs."
She put on the headphones and heard Mary Pratt speak about her art.
At one point she relayed that Mary Pratt thought she was cheating because she painted from photographs.
My daughter shook her head and said simply, "She's no cheat."
I have been to a Mary Pratt exhibit before at the Art Gallery of NS back when I was a university student and she continues to be my favourite artist. She has definitely made a noticeable impression on my own work. However, I had not yet seen an image of hers that you can see above called Between the Dark and the Daylight (2011). It moved me to tears. After all these years, Mary Pratt's vision has matured and become perfected, but at heart it is still focused on the simplest matters. The image of translucent toast is both comforting and transcendent. Toast can save your life if you let it.
Image: Mary PrattMy only strength is finding something where most people would find nothing. (Mary Pratt)