Wednesday, October 14, 2009
Lost and Found
mixed media on watercolour paper
A few months ago my family and I found an immature hawk near Algonquin park. The hawk had no visible signs of trauma but it was not moving much and allowed us to pick him up. We had noticed an adult hawk low in the trees, near our cabin, a few times in the days prior. No doubt that was his mother. The hawk died that night and to my surprise I found it so devastating.
I have known the woman in this drawing since high school. Her name is Jenn and she is an architect living in New York city. She is a woman of stunning beauty and talent. She speaks 4 languages, put herself through school and has traveled extensively by herself. She struggles with self doubt and does not see how truly awesome she is. I also find this devestating. But she wants and tries to be happy and healthy and in that I find great hope.
So, here they are together in a piece about being lost and found, about seeing, not being seen, power and vulnerability.
As a side note I did almost this entire piece listening to a fantastic band (fronted by equally fantastic guys) called Chinese Food- the album is When the Future Caught on Fire- check them out- http://www.myspace.com/chinesefoodmusic
So this and maybe a few other pieces will be hanging in the Ingram Gallery booth next weekend at the Toronto International Art Fair (for details http://www.tiafair.com/) I will be at the opening gala all tarted up, so if you are there come and say hi and be nice, I will be so out of my element!
http://watch.bravo.ca/star-portraits/season-1/star-portraits-ep-104-enrico-colantoni/ It was a great experience and I am interested to see how it translates into a 30 minute program.