1977-1979

In 1975, having moved from Montreal to the Upper Laurentians, my work began to evolve as a quest to understand my deepening attraction and connection to where I lived, the boreal forest of Québec. On my daily explorations of the forest, I found myself thinking in terms of the ‘sense of the divine’ in the natural world. This led to research into « pagan » religions of the pre-christian and pre-patriarchal era, many of which were dominated by matrilineal and matrilocal customs. During this time, I also had the privilege of participating on occasion in traditional First Nations ceremonies whereupon the expression of reverence for our connection to the natural world deeply moved me.

 

These 3D murals are made of natural elements either gathered during my daily walks in the forest – deer and moose bones, spruce roots, porcupine quills, beaver skulls, feathers, wood – or gathered from people who no longer wanted these materials – discarded moose furs and cow hides, raw wool, shells etc. The works are sewn and/or woven, and measure between five and eight feet high. They were exhibited in Montreal and also in the Laurentians.