by Sandy Wagner
I don’t know if any of you have read books by Susan Vreeland but they are written as if you are in the story and hard to put down. Her research and writing is well done and she writes about artists. Susan discovered Emily Carr’s work in Victoria and was taken by her spunk and strong colors. The author states: In paint and words, Emily Carr casts a tall shadow, one which has accompanied me in western forests ever since I made her acquaintance in 1981 in the Emily Carr Gallery, once her father’s warehouse in Victoria”. The book is “The Forest Lover”.
Emily Carr was born in 1871 and died in 1945 and was an independent woman and a painter way before her time – she was born in Victoria, BC – came from a large family and did not conform with her family or the times in which she lived. She went alone to live in the native villages with the purpose of saving the art of the totem pole by painting them, the mountains and forests, the people and the history of Canada. She searched for herself and her style in Europe.
Her work can be viewed on several sites – the following site also has a brief history of her life. www.beaux-arts.ca/cybermuse/search/artist_work_e.jsp?iartistid=915 . The Canadians call her “A Canadian Expressionist”. Her life and work is fascinating and some of her art lends itself to fiber. Her painting are in a permanent collection in the National Gallery of Canada in Vancouver, BC.
The author states: In paint and words, Emily Carr casts a tall shadow, one which has accompanied me in western forests ever since I made her acquaintance in 1981 in the Emily Carr Gallery, once her father’s warehouse in Victoria.
Ann Stewart Anderson former Kentucky Foundation for Women states that “Artists should believe that there are ways to change the world by art”. I believe that with Emily’s work and Susan’s writings this can happen – It made me look at things differently
Emily is referred to as “A WOMEN PAINTER”. In 2007 are we still referred to as “A WOMEN ????” in the art world? Are we achieving status as an artist whatever the medium?