As I took a walk that evening, the moon seemed to have this blue hue reflecting in the trees, and then bounced off these flowers. To me it seemed that the trees and flowers were dancing I got inspired and created both hue, this is my interpretation
Title: Blue Tree Fiesta
Medium: Acrylic, silk flowers, sequins on 2 canvases
Size: 32” x 24”
The diptych Blue Tree Fiesta is the continuing inspiration from the full moon. I was wowed by the seasonal “Blue Moon” that occurred on Sunday (Aug. 22) . I later found out that it’s the last time we will see this type of moon until 2023.
I made this painting to portray black feminine power and to honour black women, who had and continue to fight for social justice, with an intersectionality lens, which includes the different identity markers of race, ethnicity, gender, sexuality, class and more.
Artist: Natalí Ortiz
Medium: Mixed media
I made this painting of Nina Gualinga, an environmental activist from the Ecuadorian amazon to raise awareness that Indigenous women and land defenders are exposed to multiple forms of violence, which too often remain in impunity . Nina is an example of how women in the amazon are coming together to protect their lands and bodies. As Nina writes “ we are nature, we need to let go of the idea that nature is an object for exploitation Indigenous people know this because we have been in connection with nature for thousand of years”
La mort a frappé en décembre 2020. La maison est temporairement ébranlée mais elle n’a pas perdu de son lustre car ses racines sont profondes. Elles assureront la survie avec un peu de temps, de distance et de confiance en la force des liens du sang.
Artist: Marguerite Dorion
Title: Avenir en or
Medium: Techniques mixtes
Une maison ébranlée ou une porte qui donne sur un boisé d’arbres solidement enracinés. Les couleurs de cet automne 2021 sont un gage d’espoir pour un avenir plus proche que soupçonné…
Title: Preposterous Pandemic Abandon in Palos Verdes
Medium: Acrylic on wood panel
The idea came to me as I followed the news in the summer and fall of 2020 and clipped black and white photos from the Gazette of beachgoers in Southern California congregating oblivious of mask-wearing protocols that we in Montreal were observing with increasing ferocity especially as news came in that the first to die in the old age home here so perversely were the caretakers that had not had vaccinations, did not have enough masks, etc. I realized the “red sky in the morning/sailor take warning” coloration of the beach and sky was at play in my choice of colors. I also felt as the improbable “cannonball” diver on the lower left (who also was depicted in the news on a different day) came into the painting and other “ghost divers” started falling through the air that there was a cautionary tale here taking place–maybe as much a full-scale warning because the numbers of deaths from Coronavirus (and many acts of wanton human behaviour were building towards a “perfect storm” more than just a surrealistic echo of Magritte. I decided to let them fall unfinished, the consequences they have wrought “hang fire,” as it were, suspended in air. I like being able to get a philosophical distance from the story in the pattern.
This work is a creative response to a demonstration captured on video this past summer in Pine Beach Park, Dorval for Lesley’s dance students.
Lesley Charters Cotton always briefly demonstrates each dance before teaching the routine. Once the steps are mastered, dancers are encouraged to improvise using arms, hips, heads and faces. Often we partner. One is the audience while the partner personalizes the routine before switching and verbally sharing impressions. Sometimes we mentally challenge ourselves as we repeat the same routine on the left side and switch back to the right. We have fun.