Last June I volunteered to guide a group of grades primary-3 students (ages 5-9) in a collaborative art project. Here each student created a 3-D butterfly in colours which spoke to them. When brought together like this, the piece reflects their joy of learning and their part within their community. The piece continues to be displayed outside of the school office, and what fun it is to see the children continue to stop by and seek out their own part – their individual butterfly. I love how this collaborative piece comes together to be greater than the sum of its parts.
Considering art, collections and vibrancy ….. I can’t help but think of the fabulous realist Mary Pratt. Her vibrant reflection of daily life is uplifting and …..humbling.. This was part of a retrospective presented at the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia. If you’d like to see more about that show, you can do that here.
WPC – vibrant
“My only strength is finding something where most people find nothing” (Mary Pratt)
I made a bit of a pilgrimage through the weather on a rainy, windy November morning to the take in Mary Pratt's, one of Canada's most beloved realist painter, 50-Year Retrospective at the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia.
It is her tremendous ability to ennoble the everyday, to elevate it to the near sacred that sets her apart. As a wife and mother of four living in rural Newfoundland, Pratt's finds beauty and difficulty in the everyday; from breakfast time ("Eggs in an Egg Crate", 1975) to Sunday dinner ("Basting the Turkey", 2003), to bathing a baby ("Child with Two Adults", 1983), her imagery is a powerful reminder of the rich and complex feelings that hover around what might be considered mundane.
But, wow! It is "Jelly Shelf", 1999 that makes us stop and inhale sharply. It is extraordinary.
Something where most people find nothing, indeed.
It is fabulous show! In the company of these rich, lively images, I quickly forgot the rain, dripping from my umbrella.