Wednesday, September 24, 2008


Recently I was fortunate enough to be invited to the gallery opening for a friend's most current works of art. Normally I'm more of a "traditional art" kind of girl and don't understand or appreciate most modern art. This time, I was pleasantly surprised. This lady used concrete as the medium in which to capture the enlarged images of tiny, transient objects. I was captivated by the series of dandelion seeds, in their wispy floating glory.

While it was hard to choose a favourite, I think I'd have to go with the series of coffee rings. There was something about the little splash on one side that had me wondering. Did the coffee drinker spill because the drink was too hot? Because he/she was laughing with a friend and put the cup down on the table with a thump? Perhaps the drink was cold, not hot - no one said it was coffee. Maybe it was a tall gin & tonic, sipped on a hot day out in the back garden, and the condensation dripped from the glass and pooled on the table.

I may not know a thing about modern art, but I do know when I have a fun afternoon.


Kim Ayres said...

If you want to try our looking at some more abstract art, do take a look at my wife's website:

It's not conceptual stuff like unmade beds or sharks in formaldahyde, but it's not representational - you won't see frogs on lily pads or sunsets. Rather she expresses emotions through light, texture and colour.

Don't worry, you don't have to like it, I just thought you might be interesed :)

Canadian Girl said...

Kim, I've looked at Maggie's site before, and her work appeals to me strongly. Perhaps it's because I'm a quilter and have a thing for fabrics and threads, but Maggie has an incredible sense of colour and balance.

A few of her pieces are striking in their ability to soothe my sometimes jangled nerves. The colours, the white space - I find it like viewing serenity. She is a talented lady.

Saffa Chick said...

Dandelions and cup rings in concrete? Wow. Is there a website?

Canadian Girl said...

Saffa Chick, you can find it here: