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From whence it comes and there I go


I went to the Art College today to deliver the photo-collage I am going to use as the beginning point for my next series of paintings. An instructor there is going to silk-screen the image onto primed canvas. I’ll cut this into smaller pieces and glue them onto my larger canvases. This is a process I’ve been using for quite a few years: beginning with photo-images of personal importance and expanding from that with words and color.  From all this comes the painting.

These particular images are of my ex-husband, my father and me, in various ages and stages of our lives together and apart. I began this photo-collage with a picture from my wedding day; I put this in the middle.  Each time I put a photograph down, I would have to leave it for a day.  It was very hard, took me a couple of weeks to finish.  I decided to use these images now because my ex is quite ill and, as my friend Sean says, I can use the energy generated as reparation.

Today was of particular interest in that regard because, when entering the familiar halls of NSCAD University, I had a very strange (or should I say estranged) experience.  I taught there for twenty years, every semester, year round, fall, winter, summer, and although I haven’t taught in this institution for over a year, no one knew me.  Strange.  Things change so fast.  And the past is gone.  Granted, today I was in the textile and print section of the school and I taught mostly drawing in the fine art division.  But still.  Even the custodial staff had been friendly in the past.  I usually came to school early and chatted with them.  But even they were unfamiliar to me as was I to them.  Strange.  The message was clear.  It’s time to move on.


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