Tenderness (A Meditation on Home) is a primarily print-based exhibition and is an extension of my on-going pandemic diary series A Year, A Garden, A Feeling (Covid19 Diary), started in 2021. The work is about reaching out to touch a past which can never exist again. There is not so much an absence, but a yearning. Tenderness (A Meditation on Home) has the same vibrant limited palette as my pandemic diary, with cobalt blue being a dominant colour, thus making the work deeply introspective.
This work was produced during my one-year residency as the 2021-2022 Don Wright Scholar at St. Michael’s Printshop in St. John’s, NL and was made possible by the generous support of the Canada Council for the Arts. As with all of my work, Tenderness (A Meditation on Home) is semi-autobiographical and reflects not just an intense period of artistic production but also my move from Quebec to St. John’s in late 2021. Show documentation is by m + e photography.
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