These two paintings are from a series of twelve created for CAI -> YYZ: Arrivals and Departures, an exhibition at Atelier Ludmila in Peterborough this summer.
This work addresses my thoughts, feelings and ideas about ‘home’.
Where is home? What is home? What does a person need to create a home? And most compelling for me, is home still important after family is raised, partners are loved and lost and I find myself on my own? Living in the Middle East raises many questions. I created these paintings last year while working in Cairo, an experience that continues to transform and shift my perceptions and ideas of home. Like a conspicuous black crow, I collect and consume everything I see, hear, taste, smell and feel in this land and allow this to synthesize with CBC radio, youtube reports, readings, social interactions and jazz, into a cacophony of experience. This is reimagined as painted images, not as a representation of, or an illusion to, but as vital and living connections between objects, places, animals, landforms, people, weather, memories and dreams as well as a myriad of cultural and religious practices that enrich, nurture and expand my being.
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