Art

Trisha Webster's "Lizzie"

From Trisha

One of my customers had a sculptures made to help her close friend deal with the passing of her mom. My customers name is Barb, but she wanted to keep her friends name anonymous). 

This is Barb's story

 

One of my very close friends moved her mom into a nursing home,
her home was sold and most of the furniture and belongings came
home to her house.  She spent the weeks before her mom died at her bedside and took her death very hard.  Even though a couple of years have passed, she still grieves for her mom. She has found it very difficult to part with any of her mother's "things".  
That came to a head this summer when she downsized and needed to get the house ready for staging. Her children and their families came home for a vacation and to help. Their frank comments about "it's junk, get rid of it" and "no one would want that" weren't helpful.  A lot of her mom's belongings ended up in the garage in green garbage bags alongside furniture slated for the curb or donation,  This was very, very difficult.  
When I thought about her mother's  doilies and the tablecloths, I wondered if they could be turned into some type of keepsake.  That idea morphed into asking Trish Webster a local sculptor to create a sculpture using one of the pieces as a gift for my friend.  Trish readily agreed and created beautiful Lizzie using, not one piece, but something from every piece I brought - all of her mother's treasured things.  Trish suggested asking my friend if she would like to paint the figure which she agreed to do. There were some tears, some of sadness, but more, I think of joy in having something that gives her connection with her mother.  It was cathartic.
The piece was named after her mom Elizabeth - Lizzie.  
Lizzie (C) Trisha Webster 2017

Lizzie (C) Trisha Webster 2017

Remembrance

Art is a valuable resource to study history and historians have long looked to paintings for clues about the past when no photographs were available. Sometimes, photographs aren't enough; when taken by a non-artist, they add a distance that doesn't truly convey the gravity of the event...

Canada's first war art program was was established by Max Aitken, Lord Beaverbrook and Lord Rothermere under the Canadian War Records Office of the Canadian Army during World War I. Known as the Canadian War Memorials Fund, the program employed more than 60 artists to travel to the battlefields of the Western Front and produce canvases that would document the conflict.  

At the end of the war a large portion of the art was exhibited in Toronto, Montreal, Ottawa, London and New York. With works such as F. H. Varley's For What? it was clear the artists had seen the underside of the war. 

Thanks to the precedent of the Canadian War Memorials Fund, Canadian artists were once again pressed into service during World War II. However, the war art program was not officially created until 1943, thanks to the efforts of Vincent Masses and H.O.McCurry the director of the National Gallery of Canada. It was then that the Canadian War Art Program fell under the jurisdiction of the Department of National Defense. 

With more than 1,000 works, the art from the Second World War focused less on a scarred landscape and more on the people and machinery involved. Lawren Harris's Tank Convoy demonstrated the power of man-made machinery, and Alex Coville's Tragic Landscape serves to contrast war with nature. The importance of this art cannot be understated. 

The works of war art are a unique legacy for all Canadians. Not only are the vivid depictions of military events inspired by personal experience, but they are also important elements in our nation’s art history. They constitute nothing less than a reflection of our national heritage.
— The Canadian War Museum

The Canadian War Museum has an online exhibit entitled "Art and War". Today, take time to remember the war artists; the people who risked their lives to document our history. 

 



References

The Canadian Encyclopedia, "War Artists" (Access November 9, 2015)

http://www.thecanadianencyclopedia.ca/en/article/war-artists/


Canadian War Museum, "Canada's War Art" (Accessed November 10, 2015) 

http://www.warmuseum.ca/education/online-educational-resources/dispatches/canadas-war-art/

 

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