ART SHOW: “INTENT”
By Wilma Derksen
“White on White… with a touch of forgiveness”
Panic can do wonderful things. Research has shown that the last shot of adrenalin before a deadline can in fact be the force that pushes through all problems.
This year for our annual art show we wanted to follow the same path as the other years, but none of us could. We were all in different places.
My initial need, obsession and healing that I was finding in white had passed. My passion was still there - I will always love white - but somehow the mood wasn’t there.
The question became: Where am I now? What is my new obsession? And how do we find expression in the new? Panic!
Eventually – almost at the last minute, I realized that the reason I could no longer embrace the old was that my heart is now firmly and delightfully caught up in the new message of forgiveness.
Frankly, I’m obsessed with the message. I’m a little bit like the person who has just lost 30 pounds on a new diet and becomes quite a passionate, often offensive, evangelist about the diet.
Having spent about a year in intense thinking, researching, organizing and writing about forgiveness, I have come to the conclusion that we as a family survived our last thirty-year ordeal of the aftermath of murder is because of forgiveness.
So this year on top of my layer of white, words and more white, I have experimented by adding another layer of white and pewter. By adding pewter, I am visually exploring the subject of forgiveness with pewter representing the dark clouds of unforgiveness and negativity, while white and gold representing the hope and treasures found in forgiveness.
Last year, Dancing David, one of Cliff's sculptures disappeared from our show.
What a panic it caused. Beautiful David -- seemed to have just danced away.
There is only one way to deal with a loss - and that is to fill it with something new, something different, or a remodeled even grander image of the other.
A reincarnated Dancing David now stands right in the center stage of our annual art show now being held at the Edge Gallery Urban Art Centre on Main St. What a splendid sight - bright gold with a flowing silver robe. He is triumphant! Defiant! And dancing wildly!
As beautiful as he is, he isn't the only new attraction at our art show. The emergence of the jelly bean is probably even more astounding. Who would suspect that Cliff who has done such intricate, heart-breaking sculptures in the past would now be rolling out jelly beans! And why would he spend ours crafting and molding jelly beans? At first he didn't even know why himself. Tonight at 7:00 he will explain why!
Odia, whose art has also been about loss, grief and longing, has been busy with her lovely little daughter, a dream come true - a little miracle. She is into finger knitting now -- and in a state of wonder and awe! This is coming out in a series of tangled, felted and amazing knots called, "knit in secret."
I have suspended my search for white at this moment, and am exploring a combination of white and pewter to tell my newly found passion and message.
It's one thing to scramble to do the art. We are now scrambling to find the words for our artistic madness. I wonder how we will explain this all tonight! Seven o'clock at the Edge. Love to see you there.
A toast to beautiful David!
“My wish is that you may be loved
to the point of madness.”
― André Breton