Emily Carr In The Forest
“It is wonderful,” Emily Carr said, “to feel the grandness of Canada in the raw, not because she is Canada, but because she’s something sublime that you were born into, some great rugged power that you are a part of.”
‘Go into the woods alone,’ Carr wrote in her journal. ‘and look at the earth crowded with growth, new and old bursting from their strong roots hidden in the silent, live ground, each seed according to its own kind expanding, bursting, pushing its way upward toward the light and air, each one knowing what to do, each one demanding its own rights on the earth. Feel this growth, the surging upward, the expansion, the pulsing life.’
Right now – as part of its rotating Emily Carr exhibition series – the Vancouver Art Gallery has mounted Emily Carr: Into the Forest, which runs until December 3, 2017. In it, you’ll see Carr’s unique take on the coastal forests that surrounded her home in Victoria.
Wood Interior. 1932-35
This Emily Carr show has been curated by Ian Thom, Senior Curator-Historical at the VAG.
Written by Elizabeth Newton
Header: Sea Drift at the Edge of the Forest. 1931