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unveiling | by Mary Bogdan
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unveiling, 2003, 39.5" x 50", mixed media painting in layers.


My paintings come from collecting and organizing and creating new worlds with the objects I have amassed. They come together in my work as members of a family... all different personalities but together they create a vision. Each painting is unique. No two can be the same because I use found objects that I encorporate, and many times these are one-of-a-kind items that have been either found (on the streets) or given to me.


In this painting, I have used an old Canada Post carrier bag as my canvas and starting point, with layers and layers of transparent papers, coloured tissue papers and an old map. Together they symbolize that which is fleeting... the utter fragility of life (and death).


This piece was created in the middle of a forest, where I had been working all day, and so I incorporated that which was around me on the ground... dried leaves, and above me... the clouds.


The overall shape also reminds me of a body with arms stretched out...


Created at a time just before my father's death.

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Taken on September 7, 2003