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Context is Everything

This time in history is unique as we make split second decisions on everything from people to products.
With the swipe of a finger, we can dismiss something as unwanted.
The Goat’s Beard weed is beautiful, symmetrical and delicate; we dismiss it as a weed. If we did not know it was a weed,
would we think it is beautiful and cherish it? Context is Everything. If we didn’t have so many societal influences would
we accept everyone for who they are rather than make decisions influenced by society, race or religion?

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

This series is the working stages. Some pieces are in various exhibitions, one touring with Dimensions

Upcoming Exhibitions

 

Women's Art Museum and Society of Canada - Edmonton - Fall 2018

Leighton Arts Centre - Calgary - Summer 2019

 

 

 

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

unframed $200.00

Strong Start - Thread and ink on BFK Rives Paper - Handstitched Linocut -
20 x 20cm 26 x 20 paper - unframed $150.00

Touched with Gold - Thread and ink on BFK Rives Paper - Handstitched Linocut -
19 x 21cm, 30 x 25 paper - unframed $150.00

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 - unframed $150.00

 

Blatant Abundance 1
Pastel on Stonehenge Paper
50 x 38"
2018

Blatant Abundance 2
Pastel on Stonehenge Paper
50 x 38"
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


 

Flight
Thread and Ink on Stonehenge
Linocut
12 x 11"
2018
unframed $125.00

Flight - Detail
Thread and Ink on Stonehenge
Linocut
12 x 11"
2018
unframed $125.00

 

Lines of Yellow
Ink on Paper
Linocut
2018

15 x 34", 38 x 86cm

 

Watching
Ink on Paper
Linocut
2018

16 x 14", 41 x 36cm

 

 

Standing Together
Ink and Thread on Paper
Linocut
2018

15.25 x 25", 38 x 64cm

 

Edges
Ink on Stonehenge
Linocut
2018

15.25 x 25", 38 x 33cm

 

   
   
Paper Dandelions

These are made from PAPER using a linocut process for the details. This is another piece for my body of work called, “Context is Everything”. The series is about how quick judgements of people are often made and how many people in the world feel like a weed amongst the flowers. The Dandelion the symbol for healing from emotional pain, physical injury and surviving through all challenges and difficulties. Every home needs a paper dandelion. Since the Dandelion can thrive in difficult conditions, it is no wonder that people say the flower symbolizes the ability to rise above life’s challenges.

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 makes it hard to stay sunny.

Dandelion flower’s message is do 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.