03 – Leslie Beattie
Leslie Beattie, Acrylic/Mixed Media on Cradled Panel
Mounting Method: Wire
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What ideas / questions / reflections / challenges might be arising as you work with your theme (theme) – How are you working with the meaning of your word? Where are you drawing inspiration from?
My first thought when I saw the themes all together was The Bridge! The Frank J Wood bridge that has been such a messy local topic. My hope is that the process will emerge with an ignited sense of community…and that caused me to start researching the bridge, or rather, the bridge BEFORE the bridge…the bridging of two communities: natives & colonists…which was MESSY! This lead my painting into a strange direction of honor for the river…and hopes that the messiness of the past can be ignited, burned and we can all emerge anew. There are images of salmon who used to swim and mate in abundance; birch bark canoes that traversed the length of the river: fishing, transporting, traveling to the next spot to make camp; and the ice…the ice that was once the source of so much revenue. Art can connect us to so many things, our history being one of them. My hope is that this piece can ignite us to clean up some of our messy ways of being, to act as a bridge where we can all emerge UNITED.
How were you introduced to art? Was it someone, a class, a culture, family, friends, etc.?
Does anyone remember those ads with a picture you were supposed to draw and send in to see if you should go to art school??? I remember drawing these over and over again, wanting SO badly to send my drawing in but having NO idea how to attach money! As I grew older, art took a backseat to my social life and wanting to be “successful.” After college, I worked as a graphic designer and began to fall in love with art all over again. When my children were young, I started scrapbooking (my first child has 6 volumes from 0-3 years old!) and my art practice seemed to take off from there. Many years later, I find myself the owner of an art supply store; a dream I never expected to come to reality. I feel like the luckiest woman in the world every time I enter my little store and cherish the time I when I can talk to my customers and help them through a project. My customers give me the inspiration to try new materials and to make art every day.
What role does art play in your life today? How has art made you feel these past few months / year / during the pandemic?
As I mentioned, I try to do something creative every day. It might be a meal I prepare, it might be re-designing a section of the store…whatever it is, I try to let my mind go and let the muse take over. During the pandemic, I have found myself pilfering through years of art materials that I no longer need. I have released a lot of “stuff” and have found that whittling down my options has made me appreciate the things that REALLY ignite my soul!