“i went to the woods …”

A special exhibition featuring original paintings by

Briar Emond | Julia Hacker | Sandra Robson

Briar Emond - Decaying Leaf

Briar Emond

Julia Hacker

Sandra Robson - 48x84 - Guardians of the Forest (triptych)

Sandra Robson

Sources of Inspiration … in their own words …

Briar Emond - Artist Photo

Decaying Leaf Series: Leaves that have lived a life time have a lot to teach, have a lot to tell.  They beg to be evaluated as individuals. Each uniquely beautiful for their scares and holes and decay. Infinitely more interesting than the fresh perfection of Spring. Twisted and gnarled, skeletons exposed, they tempt us to look closer, to look longer.

I am deeply interested in rewriting the beauty narrative for myself. From that of perfection to one of full and unique self expression. Nature shows me everything I need to know.  I never judge the esthetic of the forest, I just delight in its glorious growth.

At some point of my life I became interested in the way the world works outside of the context of human society. The study of the picture of the world fascinates me. In universal meaning we all exist on an equal footing with the flora and fauna. When a person enters into the “big” world, the scale, the ratio change. I stopped dismissing plants, growing at the side of the road.

It is a whole different colourful world out there. The closer I get, more I discover.Colours, shapes looks like pieces of mosaic and at the same time all that chaos create a whole picture.while working on my almost abstract paintings-I meditate on intricacy of nature creations and feel humble with my attempt to share it.

My source of inspiration emerges from walks through the forest. I am particularly intrigued and drawn to the relationship between cedar roots, rocks and the river. The three Rs. Cedars have the ability to survive and thrive under the most extreme Canadian conditions. Silent powerful roots twist and turn over massive rocks in search of nutrients that the earth provides. Through my eyes, they are as spectacular as the branches they support. That is where the magic lives.

I walk into the forest as an intruder and emerge rebalanced and energized. With all my senses firing – this is the moment I am ready to go back to the studio, pick up my brush and paint. My paintings capture the essence, colour and dynamic energy of that relationship with a focus on Cedar roots.

“I went to the woods because I wished to live deliberately, to front only the essential facts of life, and see if I could not, when I came to die, discover that I had not lived. I did not wish to live what was not life, living is so dear; nor did I wish to practice resignation, unless it was quite necessary. I wanted to live deep and such out all the marrow of life, to live so sturdily and Spartan-like as to put to rout all that was not life, to cut a broad swath and shave close, to drive life into a corner, and reduce it to its lowest terms.”

Henry David Thoreau, 1854

Exhibition Opening & Artists Reception

Saturday, February 11th – 6:30-9:00 pm

Featured artists in attendance – remarks 7:15 pm

Live music by Toronto’s own multiple album recording artist & performer Michele Mele with Composer and guitarist David Occhipinti

rsvp by February 9th

Michele Mele

 

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David Occhipinti

 

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