A glimpse of blue sky, a wisp of clouds, birds, cathedral and concrete buildings is what I see in painting along the hallway wall of Malta’s airport. Looking at the mural makes me want to run outside and feel that … Continue reading →
A live painting battle kicked off the summer art festival at Deer Lake. Contestants are required to bring their paints and brushes. In turn, they were given a blank canvas, two hours to finish their works and paint whatever they … Continue reading →
THE ARRIVAL OF THE FRIENDS OF THE SARDINIA What sound is this coming from afar? Through the streets in the afternoon? It is the people of the sea that comes from the tram For the Sardinha party? Arthur Duarte, 29 … Continue reading →
Pandemonium … chaos … the ground is shaking … the buildings are collapsing … heavy blocks falling … cars on fire … Run for your life! Highly unlikely the world is ending. Not just yet. Supergirl is here to the … Continue reading →
“The poor man! He doesn’t know anything about pigeons! And as for the gentle dove, what a myth that is! They’re very cruel. I had some here and they pecked a poor little pigeon to death because they didn’t like … Continue reading →
“The human species is no more unsuited to give birth than any other of the 5000 species of mammals on the planet. The birth-giving woman is the central agent in the ancient drama of bringing forth new life”. – Ina … Continue reading →
These figures spring from their history, shedding an old skin and metamorphosing into their dream self. This aspect of ourselves is much less tangible than our genealogy; it is the identity we fashion through this ancient dust, the core we meet in the mirror. The self that is much deeper than the colour of our skin. The one we dare not speak, our heart’s desire, our secret hopes, our sacred place. This is the one to be honoured now, back to the source where all tribes meet.
Family Mosaic is a sculptural portrait of a seven-month pregnant woman alongside her husband, who is laying his head on her stomach, anxious to hear the heartbeat of their new-born child.
This piece is from a series of figurative sculptures entitled Tribes that deal with the motion of mixed ethnic backgrounds. All of the decorative detailing and colours in the work are representative of some aspect of their lives such as their cultural heritage and personal history.
The mother, whose work involves aiding people with communication, has always had a passion for language and art. The yoke of her dress depicts a typical embroidery sampler from the turn of the century representing her German and Italian ancestry. Her face is partly covered by a Venetian carnival mask and in her hand she holds her favorite instrument, the violin
The father who was born at Vancouver General Hospital, was raised in Hong Kong until age 10. His subsequent return to Canada is shown through the map on his back. The chopsticks in his hand and the rice embedded in his arm portray his family’s enthusiasm for the culinary arts. Other details refer to his first career as a geologist where he was the sole survivor of a helicopter crash. He is now a school teacher and is an avid storyteller.
The drum on the father’s back symbolizes the child, who by age two was enthralled with percussion and music. He is representative of a generation of young Canadians of mixed heritage who will hopefully be free to celebrate their diversity and value of the richness of their cultural identity.
Family Mosaic by Nicole Dextras donated by the artist in 2003 to VGH &
UBC Foundation. The art work andtranscriptare on display at
Vancouver General Hospital.
Picasso: The artist and his muses exhibit is in town at the Vancouver Art Gallery. It is a journey about his art, personal life, and overlapping affairs to remember with six different women that fueled his artistic abilities and made … Continue reading →
How nice the view from up there must have been. It’s difficult to imagine when you’re always looking down. Don’t regret it when you finally see the upside of REALITY because there’s this crazy notion that regrets pile up to … Continue reading →
Well, one of the children’s Mother is wondering what happened to her son’s drawing in this post. It was one of those drawings that I kept on my wall of fame or shame. It was one of that artwork that makes … Continue reading →
Trust the children to draw what they see and use me as the object of their art. Provide them with pen, paper and Miss Pretty (mwah) using Picasso’s way of abstract art, the result is: So, which one would you choose? “There … Continue reading →
For as long as I can remember eyes are fascinating and wondered whether what I see is the same as what others see. To cite an example, the header in this blog is all about eyes. The eyes may see, … Continue reading →
Self-Portrait, Mended by Eleanor Hannan This piece is based on drawings done the day after 7-hour surgery to remove skin cancer from my nose. I chose to have only local anesthetic so as to be awake during the surgery. … Continue reading →
“Beauty is in the eyes of the beholder.” On the other side of the world, make-up is what makes a Chinese opera beautiful. Features of makeup is divided by color: black, white, red, golden and five-color face. Black faces characterize … Continue reading →
Tattooed on his left hip is roman numeral XIII. At age seventeen, he had this number permanently inked on his birthday suit. It is meaningful to him because it was at that age the bullying at school stopped. Growing up, … Continue reading →
A Person of Limited Palette I would love to have lived out my years in a cottage a few blocks from the sea, and to have spent my mornings painting out in the cold, wet rocks, to be known as … Continue reading →
There are many shades of orange and different meanings. It all depends who is talking. These sticks talk about visual story of Metis in Canadian history. Notice that color orange is widely use in Metis art as well as crafts. “Elders remind … Continue reading →
We step on the first rung. Step after step we reach for the circle like children playing hopscotch; they throw a round stone into a square and hop to it. The children play and cheer each other on. We reach … Continue reading →
All I really need to know, I learned in Kindergarten and one of those things is to clean up your own mess. But first you need to know that it is okay to make that mess, something that my … Continue reading →
Drawing from the children’s mind and reflecting upon the joy I felt in looking at their creativity, I can imagine their future as Picasso, Monet or Kandinsky. A collage of their art work would be perfect for growing minds of … Continue reading →
Totem Pole Mother is the Beaver because she is hardworking, looking after the children, cooking, cleaning and everything else. Little sister is the loon because she goes up to her room and reads all by herself. Sometimes she goes … Continue reading →
What is the lifespan of a computer and a printer? The main computer that I am using and it’s Brother printer are very uncooperative lately and I am not persistent enough to figure out what’s wrong with it. Oh, the … Continue reading →
If you were born in 1917, that makes you 98 years old, maybe looking a bit grey and frayed. I am talking about the oldest and largest tenant of Granville Island, Ocean Cement’s silos. There’s nothing to fret about. A … Continue reading →
Realize that we as human beings have been put on this earth for only a short time and that we must use this time to gain wisdom, knowledge, respect and the understanding for all human beings since we are all relatives.
“ka-kí-kiskéyihtétan óma, namoya kinwés maka aciyowés pohko óma óta ka-hayayak wasétam askihk, ékwa ka-kakwéy miskétan kiskéyihtamowin, iyinísiwin, kistéyitowin, mina nánisitotatowin kakiya ayisiniwak, ékosi óma kakiya ka-wahkotowak.”
Class of 4/5 at Bayview Elementary School. The students are learning about First Nation culture. This project helps stimulate the children’s interest in other culture by integrating Social Studies, Language and Arts.
This one of many masks that are on display at the lobby of the Education Centre.