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From Our Back Yard

Greetings from the back yard!

We have another gem to show you that celebrates the wonder of common things and comes from the series, Back Yards, Where We Live. This week's work, From Our Back Yard, depicts a view from Laurie's former back yard in Kingston, Ontario. Here are some highlights about this piece:

Our house was a converted church built on bedrock in 1878. It is referenced by the Gothic window in the farmhouse that in reality did not exist in that structure. This work recorded an intimate scene, one familiar to all, a back yard with laundry on the line.

In this work I used fabric paint for the first time to create shadow and highlights in the piece. The chairs were also highlighted with transparent fabric paint and appliqued by hand. I used "cobweb lace" to create the foliage in the trees. This method of compiling many small bits of fabric for foliage has been consistent throughout the Back Yards series.


From Our Back Yard 1997, 56" x 52" (Collection of Lori and David Rousseau)

Laurie received a Chalmers Fellowship from the Ontario Arts Council in 2003 to complete this series; there are eight works accomplished between 1997 and 2007. See more of her work in her online catalogue or reach out to arrange a visit to the gallery.


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