Take a Line for a Walk, Member Exhibition, *new* gallery, TO, May – June 2010
While Returning appears delicate and luminous at first glance, closer inspection reveals a vigorously worked ground in keeping with the expressive nature of all of my work. Oil and chalk pastel are layered over wax, ink and water colour washes in bright, fanciful colours that suggest a fairy tale setting.
Presenting a deep, fertile space that alludes to the proverbial Garden of Eden, the painting plays with one of the biggest stories that lives within the psyche of contemporary culture.
The title is borrowed from Jennifer Berezan’s haunting CD by the same name. Berezan’s “Returning” is described as a “long playing chant” and the words include a phrase “returning to the mother of us all. In a similar vein, the painting Returning explores the garden as a metaphor for the diving feminine and rethinks ideas about paradise and our assumed fall from grace.
Teeming with raw life force, Returning considers a literal return to earth honouring practices that recognize the interconnectedness of all life.
Returning is rigorously worked but the delicate machine milled paper gives it a luminosity.