AGO's From the Forest to the Sea: Emily Carr in British Columbia Exhibition ReviewEmily Carr is a name that most Canadians have heard. They may even be familiar with some of her work or remember her as a subject of one of Canada's Heritage Minuets short films. In the Art Gallery of Ontario's latest exhibit From the Forest to the Sea: Emily Carr in British Columbia, I, along with other visitors, were reintroduced to the the magnificence of Emily Carr.
Fresh from an acclaimed run at Dulwich Picture Gallery in London, From the Forest to the Sea is an absolutely amazing showing of Carr's work, tracing her journey not only as an artist, but her struggle with the outside world.
I have always been a fan of Emily Carr and not just her work but of the woman herself. She was a woman who pushed the many boundaries of polite Canadian society in the early 1900's. She rebelled against the destruction of our forests and the treatment of Aboriginal people, whom she felt a kinship for but was never reciprocated. She was a woman before her time. Emily Carr had a rare gift of bringing her paintings to life. Staring at her work, I can almost smell the forest and hear the rustling of the trees. She brought her environment alive and celebrated the beauty of all that was around her.
|Tree (spiraling upward), 1932-1933|
|(L)War Canoes, Alert Bay, around 1908; (R) Indian War Canoe (Alert Bay), 1912|
|Blunden Harbour, around 1930|
|Trees in the Sky, 1939|
|Above the Trees, around 1939|
|Forest, British Columbia, 1940|
P.s!: This exhibit is included with general admission, which means it's free on Wednesday nights! And don't forget to visit Elevated: Contemporary Art in the AGO Tower which is also included with general admission!