This week we're showing you a featured work that illustrates the breadth and diversity of Laurie Swim's skills. You may be familiar with Laurie's scenes depicting sea and landscape, but did you know that she has created many works that reflect other places? Her favourite subjects exist right where she lives, but she has lived in urban areas too. This week's featured work, At the End of the Day, is a vignette of the view from her apartment during her days in Toronto. Here is what she says about this piece:
Back Yards, Where We Live is a series of works started in 1997. At the End of the Day, part of this series, was the view of the alley behind our apartment, where we lived for 2 years after moving back to Toronto in 1998. It depicts a typical urban view. The alleyway, found almost universally in city settings, never looked so good as it did in latter daylight when it took on a magic hour quality.
The sky is hand-dyed and machine stipple quilted. The piece is mostly made of cotton fabrics with a smattering of silks. The tree foliage is a technique developed by one of my mentors, Sybil Rampen of Oakville, Ontario.
Laurie's oeuvre captures the ephemeral qualities of her environment no matter where she hangs her hat--or her art!
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