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Exploring the interconnectedness of worlds

I am currently exploring every facet of imaginary underwater worlds. I am painting these in watercolour and acrylic, delighting in creatures, plants, diatoms, bubbles glitter specks and a mixture of land, sea and air elements. Realism blends with fantasy, blends with wonder of the world below.  

Other thoughts

On the Domestic Life:

Mundane everyday-life activities have value in the artistic process - in order to be able to make authentic comments about humanity - of working 9-5, commuting, budgeting, raising children, running a household, walking your dog. Each of these mundane experiences provides us with the opportunity to pay attention, to be alive, to be a witness. And then as an artist, play it back. We, as the thinking, sentient beings, can rise above the basics of being a mammal on the planet earth and see the rhythms, the connections, the magic and the miracles.

On Modern Society:

Where does culture rank in our experience, as compared to interacting with the physical environment around us, such as walking in the forest or strolling through a downtown core? Does mass media (TV, movies & the internet), shopping malls, Paris fashion week or the New York stock exchange shape our collective consciousness? What experiences matter most at this point in history? 

On Unique Perspective:

Globally, how does my experience as a Canadian white woman compare to experiences of other individuals on this planet, in various time periods in history? This leads to a question about truth, which linked with the word perspective. They are one and the same, meaning if we are to witness to an experience, to represent a view of the world, the only perspective we have is our own. To try to represent someone else’s view is not genuine and does not speak to the truth an artist would share. 

I focused on art in high school and graduated from the University of Victoria with a Bachelor of Fine Arts, with a concentration in acrylic painting. My professors were Doug Morton, Robert Youds and Pat Martin Bates, among other influential Victoria artists. My philosophy professor, J.O. Young also taught me great thinking and musing skills. I finished a master's degree in Public Relations at MSVU in Nova Scotia in 2018, helping with my critical thinking, as well as perspectives on racism, privilege, consumerism, social responsibility and social status.

Shows include UVic, the Ministry of Health, the Community Arts Council of Greater Victoria and the Oak Bay Studio Artist Tour.

I recently joined the Gage Gallery Arts Collective in downtown Victoria and am overjoyed with being part of an art community, learning, talking and seeing all art, all the time. 

Margaret at the Bowker Creek Brush Up Art Show and Sale
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