|Posted by Elissa Baltzer on September 18, 2011 at 9:25 AM|
(detail from "Spirit of the City")
So here in the beautiful city of Montreal in slightly less than 2 weeks our Culture Days 2011 will take place. Les Journées de la culture is comprised of several hundred amazing, fun free events happening all over Montreal. This is a celebration of the artistic and cultural abundance in the City and Culture Days are going on country wide. So much to see, do and experience.
I will be participating in an activity called Art x 9. This event includes myself and 7 other Montreal based artists who have made works celebrating life and art as we see it in the context of Montreal. From the 30th of Sepetember to the 2nd of October join us at Studio BBG for demos and workshops (Screenwriting, Bodrahn Playing, Face Painting, Jewelry Demos and more).
My piece for this show is a textured acrylic work inspired by the architecture of the City.This piece represents the way that upon leaving our homes we are imersed in the culture of Quebec and it's art as soon as we step out the door as it exisits all around us. A wrought iron spiral staircase, typical of Montreal, winds down to street level from a beautiful brick facade, stained glass windows, with fleur de lys motifs look out over the street. Gardens with Tiger Lillies explode into life around the stairwell. The side walk is covered in chalk drawings of different coloured hand prints representing the cultural diversity that blesses the cith and amidst all of those hands is the Fleur de Lys again. Underneath it all on the bottom panel lies the Spirit of The City uniting the whole, sending living shoots up throught the cracks in the sidewalk, full of patience and mystery, only this connected being knows all of the secrets that this city has to offer.
This piece differs from my regular work in that I am usually working much larger and the theme of my work is usually much more mythological with a lot more texture. I seldom do city scapes of any sort as i am inspired by the truly natural world. This was a challenge for me in that I had to find someway to meld the to so that the piece would speak from my heart and also convey what it is for me to live here and how I am affected by the Art and Culture of this city.
The Vernissage for this event is September 30th 2011. Looking forward to seeing you all there!