Sunday, September 26, 2010

Christi Belcourt: My Heart Is Beautiful

Painting tiny dots with acrylics, Christi Belcourt continues the tradition of expression found in the beadwork of the Metis of Canada. From her biography:

"The focus of my work for the last 10 or 12 years has been to attempt to transfer ‘beadwork' to canvas, and in so doing, add commentary and expression within the work beyond the purely aesthetic.  The plants within my paintings have become metaphors to parallel humanity. The roots are exposed to signify that all life needs nurturing from the earth to survive, and represent the idea that there is more to life than what is seen on the surface.  Additionally it represents the great influence our heritage has on us as individuals.  There are lines that connect the plants to symbolize our own interconnectedness with each other and all living things."

Listen to Christi Belcourt as she talks about her most recent painting, "My Heart is Beautiful". Following months of studying plants in her natural surroundings, she's painted a beautiful landscape of flowers, roots, and foliage that represent important traditions and the interconnectedness of humans to the earth. Her work is both inspirational and stunning and will be on exhibit as part of the "Mantuc, Little Spirits: The Language of Glass Beads" in Zurich, Switzerland (Thru November 2010)

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