Monday, October 20, 2014

Where did summer go?

     Seems like a long time since June when I last made some notes here on my blog - now it is time to get back to work, do some catch-up and fill in the blanks.
     In August, my friends Les Hookeuses du Bor'de'lo, and I had a very successful show at the World Acadian Congress in Edmundston, NB.  Eighteen of us transposed designs of Acadian artist Claude Roussel's early work and the show (Les Hookeuses du Bor'de'lo et Roussel) was part of the celebration to honor his fifty years as an artist. The show is now coming to Moncton and opening on the 22 October. It will also be in Saint John in the new year.

      My piece for the show was originally designed to be a continuous scene that could be mounted around a large round pillar. My friend Nicole Butler and I each took a portion of this original  design for our mats. We needed to maintain the lines and colors that Claude had used; the texture and method of interpreting his design was up to us. I called my section "Forty Fathoms".   
Forty Fathoms © 2014       (33" by 45")

     In addition to our individual mats we also collaborated on a mural that again was a transposition of a Roussel painting. Fourteen individual pieces make up the mural - again keeping to the lines and colour of the original - but with different materials and techniques used by the hooker. Despite the fact that there was very little collaboration between each person as we worked on our individual sections, it is amazing how the sections fit and blend together to make a lovely rendition of this original work. The finished mural measures 212" by 51" and pretty well fills a wall at the Moncton show.
Claude Roussel ©1954

     This is the section that I did - can you see where it fits in?

A part of "Les sou-bois du Madawaska" © 2014

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