The desire to educate myself about the artwork and lives of women in Canada has developed into a series of homage paintings. I’m studying women from several regions in the country with diverse cultural heritages.
I’m captivated by each artist’s skill, dedication and their enduring and often rebellious artwork. Looking back, I can see their remarkable contribution to my identity as a Canadian, particularity a Canadian woman. I’m in awe of the challenges that they faced trying to create their work and the sacrifices they made to be artists.
This series addresses the under representation of women in Canadian art history. The audience will come away with new knowledge, and Odjig, Clark, Pootoogook and Heward will be as familiar to them as Harris, Varley, Bush and Town. I also mean to inspire youth and feel that this series will be compelling for families and children.
I’ve titled the series a Blind Contour Homage because I use blind contour drawing as the base of each piece. This style of drawing allows me to study each of the historical artworks closely and gives me the freedom to recreate them using my own mark making and gestures.
These images are works in the series that is still in progress.