portraits of myth
“Portraits of Myth” series, were inspired by personal tales from contemporary
land sensitive women who have traced their ancestry to a wondrous variety of
diverse birthplaces. In the conviction
of their telling, each story becomes myth and resounds in the physical
sculptural interpretation. The smoked ghostly cry celebrates our
ancestral heritage and honors the diverse landscapes from which we move and
Each portrait has a true life story
Leia's Song begins with...
A tiny young Pole with a pride filled honourable background
whose family gathered each Friday to eat together and celebrate their God.
A little one, taken forcibly from her family and placed in a camp.
Beliefs stowed away in a heart closeted from fear and violence.
Wisps’ of hope seeped invisibly through barriers,
young fingers greeted through wire and pain.
Escape swam the two into the Brazilian warmth of creation and child birth.
The last of three, Leia was a fireball of want.
Whatever was denied, stolen and beaten down with fear in her parents…
Leia burst everything apart…
she challenged that boarded up fear,
beat and stole everything back that was all of theirs to claim.
She used the strongest weapon in her control,
her passion and laughter.
From Brazil to Israel to Montreal to Ontario
she gathered each regions cultural landscape into her own sensibility.
Leia studied the knowledge of teaching.
She searched and found those who were told they were weak in mind
and taught them their denied strengths.
Dispersed throughout the world’s landscape is evidence of her work…
pillars of incredibly touched souls,
one of those salted spirits found, within in my own family.
Leia parents her own… and continues to nourish other’s children,
Through a Matriarch Principal-ship she broadens the approaches
and minds of those who follow her family’s traditional religion.
This is Leia’s Nomad, a tribute to our Canadian women’s cultural landscape,a quiet but presence filled interpretation of Leia’s unfinished song.