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    Acrylic Ink on Canvas. Response to an invitation to submit work to Russia's Contemporary Museum of Calligraphy for an exhibition in 2015. Request… Read More
    Acrylic Ink on Canvas. Response to an invitation to submit work to Russia's Contemporary Museum of Calligraphy for an exhibition in 2015. Requested theme: "Thoughts of Homeland". Read Less
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Along with approximately 50 other international calligraphers, I was invited to submit work to The Contemporary Museum of Calligraphy (Moscow, Russia) on the theme, ”Thoughts of Homeland”.
 
My homeland is Canada, and this project made me think deeply about my country. Canada is vast, multicultural and diverse. To do calligraphy representing Canada, then, allowed — even begged me — to include influences from many calligraphic traditions. Canada is also "young and shiny" — so for this piece, I used acrylic ink to write on a glossy acrylic surface. 

The primary words were written by Canadian Poet Bliss Carmen (1861 – 1929), who wrote:
 
"The wilderness shall feed you, her gleam shall be your guide.
Come out of desolations, our path of hope is wide.”

I felt these words expressed the hope that Canada has represented for many immigrants, written in what I am calling “untamed italic”! I also created a pattern of calligraphic lines and fragments from many languages. It includes the local language of First Nations here on Vancouver Island and the Inuktitut Syllabary, as well as western (Latin), Jewish, Asian, Indian and Islamic influences to reflect Canadian diversity. 

The diversity of Canadians does exist within a certain civility and structure and so I allowed one large straight brushstroke to dominate, with the smaller patterns of letter fragments cascading with it. As Canada is also a land of vast open spaces, I felt no need to cover the entire surface, and allowed space on either side of the central element, also alluding to the Canadian flag. 


 
Above: afternoon sunlight across the work-in-progress. 
Our Path
Acrylic Ink on Canvas
18" x 24" x 0.5"

In the collection of The Contemporary Museum of Calligraphy (Russia).
 
More works from this exhibition can be viewed here.

Now available as a giclee print, here