Thursday, May 12, 2011

women's work.

three women (4)b

this evening, the reverend and i went to the opening of our good friend serena's new documentary installation, three women. the show deals with a topic dear to my heart, art-making in the wide open spaces of rural saskatchewan. serena and her erstwhile partner, tyler, are my main connection to this part of the world and i revel at all chances to peek into the things hidden in its seemingly open expanses.

i particularly liked the images from the prairie ursuline centre. they communicate a special kind of time-warp that i find deeply entrancing - as if the past can live longer in certain places. here is aitor in front of one such image wearing his fancy boutonnière from alison - multiple levels of the past's survival.

three women (5)b

and here is what cowboy poetess, bernadette, looked like when she was paused during the artist and curator introductions:

three women (7)b

...thank you to robert for pointing that out.

now everyone go see the show!

1 comment:

Gilian said...

I was so lucky to get to meet Susanna a few months ago when I was in Saskatchewan. The folks at All Citizens told my friends and I (all folk art fans) that we must visit her and it was sure not a waste! My friend now owns one of her incredible quilts - a map of the province with animals and colour-coded showing what aspect of the province each square represents. And she told some incredible stories, too!