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Context is Everything

 

Artist Statement

Context is everything; each moment, each decision and each 
relationship we have in our lives, all the experiences we have had, come together and affect how we respond to stimuli. This project merges the flora
of the prairie landscape and the characteristic of judging people and events and circumstances too quickly without using our prior knowledge and insights. 
It touches the soul of any person that has ever been judged on any level, for their race, religion, sexual orientation, gender, abilities, body shape and size, even what fashion they are wearing.  

Using the simple weed found in the ditch is the impetus for this exhibition. I encourage people to take another look, to not just swipe left or right,
but rather consider the person or moments more deeply. Weeds can be beautiful, can be a source of nutritional value, and possibly even have medicinal
properties.  What makes a weed a weed and not a flower, when is one preferred over the other? In some locations, what is considered a weed is a flower in another context.

Ralph Waldo Emerson said that “a weed is a plant whose virtues haven’t been discovered yet”. If humans took more time to get to know others
would they be less racist, more understanding and less prone to generalizations. When do people become weeds? What makes us decide when a person is a weed?

Plants become weeds when they obstruct our plans, or our tidy maps of the world. A weed is “a plant in the wrong place.” Richard Mabey

 

 

Previous and Upcoming Exhibitions

Dimensions Touring Exhibition with Saskatchewan Craft Council - 2016-18
Women's Art Museum and Society of Canada - Edmonton - Fall 2018
Leighton Arts Centre - Calgary - Winter 2019 (link)
Crafted Vancouver, CityScape Gallery - 2019 (link)
Gallery Steel Rooms - Briggs UK - 2019
Urban Institute of Contemporary Art - Grand Rapdis, Michigan - 2019
Portage la Prairie Gallery - October 2021

 

 

 

 

 

Goat's Beard on Paper
30 x 24"

Photo Credit Grant Kernan

 

As Good as Gold
Ink and gold leaf on BFK
Linocut
12 x 10"
2018

Touched with Gold - Thread and ink on BFK Rives Paper - Handstitched Linocut -
19 x 21cm, 30 x 25 paper

Strong Start - Thread and ink on BFK Rives Paper - Handstitched Linocut -
20 x 20cm 26 x 20 paper

Flight
Thread and Ink on Stonehenge
Linocut
12 x 11"
2018


Flight
- detail
Thread and Ink on Stonehenge
Linocut
12 x 11"
2018

Blatant Abundance - Verdict on a Dandelion
Printing Ink and typewriter ink on Various Papers
Silkscreen
10 x 8"
2018

Poem by Lorraine Beardsworth - with permission

if your golden crowns bloomed once in thirty years
we would indulge you with moist loam
lace-filtered light


we would savour the freshness of spring greens
gather blossoms for dinner wines
delicate bouquets
we would glaze long roots with honey
treasure hope in feathered kernels


for your crime of blatant abundance
we sentence you to death
by plow or poison

In Spite of it All - Thread and ink on BFK Rives Paper - Handstitched Linocut - 30 x 15.5 cm, 35 x 15.5 cm paper

Sneaking Away
Thread and Ink on Stonehenge
Linocut
12 x 11"
2018


Watching
Ink on Paper
Linocut
201816 x 14", 41 x 36cm

Abundnce
Ink on Stonehenge
Linocut
11 x 6.5, 28 x 17cm
2018

Standing Together
Ink and Thread on Paper
Linocut
201815.25 x 25", 38 x 64cm

Filling in the Spaces
Ink on Paper
Linocut
201815.25 x 25", 38 x 33cm

Edges
Ink on Stonehenge
Linocut
2018

15.25 x 25", 38 x 33cm

 

Lines of Yellow
Ink on Paper
Linocut
201815 x 34", 38 x 86cm

 

Life on the Wind
Ink on Paper
Linocut
201815.25 x 25", 38 x 33cm

 

 

Faded Blooms
T Ink on Stonehenge
Linocut
12 x 11"
2018

Anticipation
Ink on Stonehenge
Linocut
201815.25 x 25", 38 x 33cm

Crowded Corner
Ink on Stonehenge
Linocut
11 x 6.5, 28 x 17cm
2018

Crowded Out
Ink on Stonehenge
Linocut
Linocut
201815.25 x 25", 38 x 33cm

Drifting
Ink on Paper
Linocut
201815.25 x 25", 38 x 33cm

Edges
Ink on Stonehenge
Linocut
201815.25 x 25", 38 x 33cm

 



atant Abundance 1
Pastel on Stonehenge Paper
50 x 38"

 

Blatant Abundance 2
Pastel on Stonehenge Paper
50 x 38"
2018
2018

 

Paper Dandelions

Paper Dandelions
Ink on Various Paper
Silkscreen and Linocut

$25.00 each

The dandelion is the symbol for healing from emotional pain, physical injury and surviving through all life’s challenges and difficulties. 
Since the dandelion can thrive in difficult conditions, it is no wonder that people say the flower symbolizes the ability to rise above adversity.  Most modern 
admirers consider it a symbol of fighting through the challenges of life and emerging victorious on the other side. Others use it as a visual
reminder of the sun’s power, especially when depression or grief make it hard to stay sunny. The dandelion flower’s message is to not give up,
even if those around you keep trying to get rid of you. Stick it out and remember the cheerfulness of a sunny summer’s day when things seem bleak or dark.  
I believe we all need a paper dandelion somewhere in our home to remind us that we are strong and can grow in spite of adversity.  http://www.flowermeaning.com/dandelion-flower-meaning/