Kate Brown, “The Meeting,” 2014, 8" x 10", acrylic on canvas.
Kate Brown grew up in the Village of Clarkson, Ontario. She earned her MFA from the School of Visual Arts In New York and now divides her time between her Creative Reserve Studio at Lilac Hill in Huntsville, Ontario and New York City. <www.KateBrownArt.com>.
Artist statement: Four years ago when I began to work in my forest studio, like a character from a fairy tale wandering into the woods, I entered into the unknown. After more than twenty years working on large installation pieces which you can see and read about at www.KateBrownArt. com, I set about to return to abstract painting with the knowledge that I had gained from installations. I began to make tiny clay tear catchers like the ones I had seen in theTibilisi museum in Georgia many years before. These are small vessels designed to capture the tears of a lover as a relic of their being. In fairy tales, tears are also the catalyst for the miraculous — at the touch of tear, still things move, dead creatures awaken, new things are created. My journey had begun. I started to think alot about drops and the word ‘drop’ and how it is used — how drops use gravity and how women use gravity to give birth. Today, when a new cd is launched they say it is ‘dropped’ — the creation has been born. These thoughts then stirred fond memories of being a little girl feeding injured birds with an eye dropper, and then ... the Drop Paintings began.
Back Cover: Janet Stahle-Fraser, “Garden Door,” 1998, 22" x 30", acrylic on canvas.
Front Cover: Diane Driedger, "Self-Portrait with Bandaged Breast (After Van Gogh's Self-Portrait with Bandaged Ear," 2010, watercolour, 18.25" x 21.5"
Back Cover: Diane Driedger, "Me and Frida Kahlo," 2006, watercolour on paper, 19" x 20"
Back Cover: Leah Dorion, "Lady in the Sky Medicine" acrylic and beads on canvas, 20" x 24", 2005. This female spirit on Grandmother moon blows medicine from the palm of her hand and it transforms into four warrior turtles who are going to help humans living on Mother Earth re-learn the sacred balance between all the colours of man, the white, the red, the yellow, and the black. It is said that our world has been out of balance and harmony because the four colours of humanity have not been able to share their own special gifts with the world family and we are suffering because of this unbalance. (Leah Dorion's artwork also appears on pgs. 5, 134, and 212.)
Photo: Mikhail Hanewich-Hollatz
Photo: Brenda Hemsing
Photo: Paul Simon
Developed as a project in the learning community of "Strategies for Change in Violence Against Women," School of Women's Studies, York University, 2000. Course director: Eimear O'Neill.
Lisa Keedwell is a Toronto artist who has shown extensively across the country, and her work is represented in collections in Canada, the United States, and Europe. She has received a number of awards and grants over the years and continues making media sculpture. She also works as a digital artist.
As a new bride Manju Mendiratta emigrated from northern India to North America more than 30 years ago. She has seen her mother, Ram Pyari Trehan, only a handful of times over these past years. Upon leaving the soil of her birth, Manju could not imagine that such a vast ocean of space and time would grow to exist between them, as mother and daughter. After a short visit "home" in December 1998, Manju had to say yet another long goodbye to her mother.
Courtesy of Nancy Poole's Studio, Toronto, Ontario, Photo: Tom Moore
Reprinted with permission, courtesy of the Toronto Star Syndicate
"We called our piece Mantle of the Past because of the great significance the Mantle had in the old tenement rooms of our childhood's. The Mantle cloth was the first thing you would see as you entered the room and everyone always took great pride in this. We could all remember seeing clothes hanging underneath as most people didn't have much money and had to wash their kids' clothes each evening for wear the next day. Whilst working on the project we all reminisced of old stories about some of the more memorable characters who lived and died in our area. The objects on top of the Mantle each symbolize different characters all of whom were women. Each symbol represents a different story, a tale...."
Photo: Canada's Sports Hall of Fame
Carol Binns-Wood lives in Flesherton, Ontario where she paints, raises two kids, and runs "Local Colour," a craft store and art gallery. Much of her artwork reflects her own life and uses the human figure as a way to express and communicate her own personal stories.
Pitaloosie Saila was born in Cape Dorset in 1942. Her drawings have been included in annual Cape Dorset collections since 1968.
"In this work I pay tribute to Emily Carr, the artist and the writer. Through her work I have been invited to enter the forest and discover an enlightened world previously unknown to me."
Photo: Courtesy Garnet Press Gallery, photographer Lorne Fromer.
Photo: Ouellette Associates Photography
With thanks to the Native Indian / Inuit Photographers' Association
With thanks to The Leo Kamen Gallery for their assistance
Photo: Toronto Image Works
Galaxy Credit: William Ireland, McLaughlin Planetarium, Royal Ontario Museum
National Tree Planting Day festivities in Mitero, Kenya, April 1981
The women dancing are leaders of the self-help groups described in the article "Ngwatio: A Story of Co-operative Research on African Women," by Patricia Stamp and Rebecca Njeri Chege (2nd and 3rd from the right).