Patterns of Our Land is the title of my new solo art exhibit starting on Tuesday, September 4, 2018 in the Silk Purse Art Center Gallery in West Vancouver.
Wondering about the title? It took me a while to come up with it, but when it emerged, it felt just perfect. Here's why.
I started studying art shortly after I immigrated to Canada in mid-nineties. I painted portraits and figurative works at first, but somewhere around the turn of the century, my interest shifted to the landscape painting.
Outside of art, the focus of my personal life was shifting as well. The initial pandemonium of establishing a home in, what used to be a foreign land, was settling down. My husband and I embarked on many trips across BC and Alberta, feeling a strong pull to get to know our spectacular new homeland, to get fully immersed in it, to feel that we belong.
A couple of decades later, I am still pondering the same question: what does it mean to belong somewhere?
I have been awed by this land from the moment my feet touched the ground of the Vancouver's YVR airport in1994, but my discovery of its beauty still continues. I try to get to as many places I can, high up on the mountains, far west on the wild beaches, anywhere my travels take me.
There aren't many ways to say this. I love this land and I aim to show my feelings for it in my art.
Does the love for a place make one belong? I hope so.
|Early Snow, 12x12, original painting by Tatjana Mirkov-Popovicki|
The exhibit will be open for viewing and purchase until September 23.
I hope to see you at the opening reception!