Where have I been? It’s been two years since I last wrote on my blog. No excuses – maybe I was busy. Maybe I was lazy? Maybe I had nothing to say? Maybe I got sucked into Game of Thrones, Handmaid’s Tale and Westworld…
I’m making art, but not as much as I like or as much as I should.
I’m leaving tomorrow for a week in Haliburton to attend an open studio with V. Jane Gordon. She has been very good at kicking my butt to get working. I’m going to work on some large canvases and some works on paper. We’ll see.
In mid-August I’m attending an artist residency in Prince Edward County, Alchemy 2018:The synergy between artistic and culinary practices
I recently spent 5 weeks in Sicily. It was an amazing journey of history, self-discovery and food. I took cooking classes and learned that food traditions are very specific to region. What my grandmother made, m’pignalate, was only made in the small town of Racalmuto where she came from. No one else in Sicily that I visited knew what it was.
My family started as peasant farmers. The first generation came to Canada and became labourers. The next, as all new immigrant parents hope, were educated and became professionals, doctors, lawyers and teachers. But the land beckons. My daughter has gone back to the land and raises organic, grass fed beef, lamb and goat. My family has come full circle in three generations.
Food is important to us. The love of food and family has been instilled in all of us. We all love to cook, share and enjoy each other’s company. My entire family expresses love through cooking. My son became a chef. For me, food is a wonderous thing. I read about it. I watch shows about it. I think about the next meal while eating the current one. It’s strange that something so obsessive to me and has never been utilized in my art.
Recent work “Tripla Assalto in movimento in avanti” Acrylic on paper, 2017 (accepted in Glenhyrst Juried Show, Aug-Sept, 2018