Friday, May 27, 2005


We just got back from Arts2005, the annual juried exhibition at the Surrey Art Gallery, a public space. No awards for me but I was happy to have Tell Pitiful Story as one of the 52 works chosen from 223 submissions. They even hung the painting in a great spot, all by itself.

It's hard to tell from the dark photos, but it's a beautifully hung exhibition and will remain up until mid-July... not to mention it being a nice place to hang out in a heatwave.


Blogger sonja said...

I'd love to see a better digital picture of this painting. I cannot tell from this photo if the figure that I perceive to be female is joyful or hysterical. If the shapes that I perceive to be loaves of bread are flying around her, at her or from her, or just lingering in her mind...
The title "tell pitiful story" makes me understand that there is a lot more to the painting than what first meets the eye.

28/5/05 3:11 a.m.  
Blogger andrea said...

The female figure is non-committal. She's a friendly "good Christian woman" homesteader in some remote prairie location, circa 1915, with a train station where hobos often hop down to find work or food. She is the hobo symbol for "woman", you can also see the hobo symbol for "gentleman" (her husband) and bread, meaning that she will give away extra brea to "poor souls in need".

28/5/05 6:09 p.m.  
Blogger andrea said...

Oops! I forgot the most important symbol! The background symbol of three small and one large triangle, repeated over and over, is the title of the work: Tell Pitiful Story. This is crucial to receiving the bread that the kind homesteaders are offering.

28/5/05 6:11 p.m.  

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