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I will be exhibiting my work at Lake Country ArtWalk, September 7 & 8 in the small gym in the Community Complex. This year Lake Country ArtWalk is celebrating 20 years in the community. The theme for the event is "It's All About Time." The event is a juried show that features artists and artisans from throughout the Okanagan Valley in 5 different venues. Besides eye-popping art there will be good eats, music, and a children's area.
"Watching and Waiting," shown to the right, is featured at the theme gallery of the Lake Country Art Gallery and will be on display for the month of September.
Artist Statement: I remember driving by Wood Lake and seeing an ice fisherman huddled over his ice-fishing hole patiently waiting for a tug on the line. Not far behind him was a heron -- also waiting -- for something that the fisherman might throw the heron's way. It has been a compelling image for me of connectedness between humans and the natural world. Afterall, all creatures (humans included) have a need to find food and to eat. Humans, with a knowledge of the past and large capacity brains, are at the hub of the food chain and have a great responsibility to protect and maintain a balance. We are not independent from the web of life.
Collaging the Deep-Self
(based on "Soul Collage: Evolving" by Seena Frost)
Artist: Margaret Kyle
Description: I am one who feels at one with nature
More About this Card: This is the first card I created using the "Soul Collage" method and it brings me a lot of joy when I look at it. This card reminds me of a time, as a child of eight, that I sat on a hillside covered with the golden Arrowleaf Balsamroot flowers that bloom in the Okanagan Valley in May. I felt at one with the granite moss-covered rocks, the blue sky, the pungent, piney scent of the yellow flowers, and the hum of bees as I soaked the landscape into my being. The card contains images of connection and curiousity -- in the giant star clusters, as well as in the intricate web-spinning of a spider. May I always remember as part of my soul this curious and connected inner child.
In January 2013, I began a group called “Collaging the Deeper Self,” based on the book Soul Collage Evolving by Seena Frost. http://www.soulcollage.com/
The purpose of the group was to provide a time to create a deck of personal cards, using collage, intuition, and imagination, that would help participants get to know their deep self and to tell their personal stories. No artistic ability was necessary – just an open intuitive mindset, without pre-conceived ideas about what the results would be. The process was a vehicle to self-awareness.
We met once a week for one and a half hours. Card stock, small cutting boards, box knives, and magazines were supplied. Participants brought more magazines, glue sticks, scissors, and a container/folder to store and transport their supplies back and forth between sessions.
Each card was 5” x 8” (12.7 x 20.32 cm). The first week I brought samples of cards that I had made beforehand to show the variety and scope of what could be achieved and to explain that there was no right or wrong. Each card was totally personal. I put up a flip chart with the following instructions and tips:
The process began with participants choosing images from magazines that seemed to “speak” to them. After they had a number of images they trimmed away extraneous parts. They then picked one image that seemed most powerful and chose other images that fit together meaningfully and then “collaged” (cut, arranged, and pasted) them onto a card to create one primary energy theme. Some of the images from magazines could be used as backgrounds and some became symbols to go on top of the backgrounds.
During the first session very few cards were created as participants spent time finding images before they could begin. This was a good thing. There was a kind of an expectant camaraderie as participants looked through magazines and ripped out images into their pile. During the process of searching for images, some images would inspire conversation and storytelling, laughter and questions.
People are just beginning to explore the process – it will develop over time.