David Kaye Gallery » Susan Farquhar

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Landmade Imagining
April 2 - 26, 2015

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If Canadian imagery can be seen as an expression of the experience of where we live then I would suggest that it is ever changing and multi-dimensional. We are always engaged in its collective. In my view we each visualize our experience in a more multi-layered and unique manner.

Landmade Imagining is my endeavour into searching out Canadian imagery laid bare. “Visualizing the experience” required exploring new ways of working which lead to two series of monoprints: “Boreal Scratch Monoprints” followed by “Landmade Monoprints”. They became the genesis for the unique mixed media panels. The monoprints were done over a four years. I worked back and forth between the panels and the prints.

Visual memories multiply constantly and so can provide many possibilities when accessed. My working process is always an attempt to allow openness to the wellspring of memory. My so-called “finished” work is more an indication of where I was mentally and emotionally at that moment. Process is everything to me. I have been a printmaker for a long time, well in the habit of building in layers and bringing disparate elements together to create an image that always seems ready to change again.

Finally may I say that I believe that I am trying to recreate the “environment” or the “land” as an animate player and the images focused within as symbols that are sometimes working with it and sometimes not.

Susan wishes to thank John Macfie for allowing her to draw from the many photos he took while working in the Patricia District of Northern Ontario in the 1950’s.

GALLERY

Susan Farquhar, Two Hunters, 2015, mixed media panel, 31 X 24 in., SOLD.Susan Farquhar, Conifer Drawing, 2015, mixed media panel, 30 X 30 in.Susan Farquhar, Landmade Monoprint 12, 2015, silkscreen, etching with paper-cuts, hand-colouring & drawing, 30 X 30 in., framedSusan Farquhar, Landmade Monoprint 19, 2015, silkscreen, etching with paper-cuts, hand-colouring & drawing, 30 X 30 in.Susan Farquhar, Landmade Monoprint 10, 2015, silkscreen, etching with paper-cuts, hand-colouring & drawing, 30 X 30 in., SOLD.Susan Farquhar, Landmade Monoprint 17, 2015, silkscreen, etching with paper-cuts, hand-colouring & drawing, 30 X 30 in.Susan Farquhar, Landmade Monoprint 9, 2015, silkscreen, etching with paper-cuts, hand-colouring & drawing, 30 X 30 in.Susan Farquhar, Landmade Monoprint 21, 2015, silkscreen, etching with paper-cuts, hand-colouring & drawing, 30 X 30 in.Susan Farquhar, Landmade Monoprint 28, 2015, silkscreen, etching with paper-cuts, hand-colouring & drawing, 30 X 30 in.Susan Farquhar, Landmade Monoprint 16, 2015, silkscreen, etching with paper-cuts, hand-colouring & drawing, 30 X 30 in.Susan Farquhar, Landmade Monoprint 3, 2015, silkscreen, etching with paper-cuts, hand-colouring & drawing, 30 X 30 in.Susan Farquhar, Landmade Monoprint 25, 2015, silkscreen, etching with paper-cuts, hand-colouring & drawing, 30 X 30 in.Susan Farquhar, Landmade Monoprint 26, 2015, silkscreen, etching with paper-cuts, hand-colouring & drawing, 30 X 30 in.Susan Farquhar, Loading at Kipawa, 2015, mixed media panel, 38 X 38 in., framedSusan Farquhar, North River, 2015, mixed media panel, 38 X 38 in., framedSusan Farquhar, Frozen, 2014, mixed media panel, 38 X 38 in., framedSusan Farquhar, Snow Prints, 2015, mixed media panel, 36 X 36 in.Susan Farquhar, Winter Wear, 2015, mixed media panel, 36 X 36 in.Susan Farquhar, Winter Lunch, 2015, mixed media panel, 30 X 30 in.Susan Farquhar, On the Tundra, 2015, mixed media panel, 30 X 30 in.Susan Farquhar, Landmade Imagining, Exhibition installation views.Susan Farquhar, Landmade Imagining, Exhibition installation views.Susan Farquhar, Landmade Imagining, Exhibition installation views.Susan Farquhar, Landmade Imagining, Exhibition installation views.Susan Farquhar, Landmade Imagining, Exhibition installation views.Susan Farquhar, Landmade Imagining, Exhibition installation views.Susan Farquhar, Landmade Imagining, Exhibition installation views.Susan Farquhar, Landmade Imagining, Exhibition installation views.Susan Farquhar, Landmade Imagining, Exhibition installation views.Susan Farquhar, Landmade Imagining, Exhibition installation views.Susan Farquhar, Landmade Imagining, Exhibition installation views.

ADDITIONAL LANDMADE MONOPRINTS

Susan Farquhar, Landmade Monoprint 1, 2015, silkscreen, etching with paper-cuts, hand-colouring & drawing, 30 X 30 in.Susan Farquhar, Landmade Monoprint 2, 2015, silkscreen, etching with paper-cuts, hand-colouring & drawing, 30 X 30 in.Susan Farquhar, Landmade Monoprint 4, 2015, silkscreen, etching with paper-cuts, hand-colouring & drawing, 30 X 30 in.Susan Farquhar, Landmade Monoprint 5, 2015, silkscreen, etching with paper-cuts, hand-colouring & drawing, 30 X 30 in.Susan Farquhar, Landmade Monoprint 7, 2015, silkscreen, etching with paper-cuts, hand-colouring & drawing, 30 X 30 in.Susan Farquhar, Landmade Monoprint 8, 2015, silkscreen, etching with paper-cuts, hand-colouring & drawing, 30 X 30 in.Susan Farquhar, Landmade Monoprint 11, 2015, silkscreen, etching with paper-cuts, hand-colouring & drawing, 30 X 30 in.Susan Farquhar, Landmade Monoprint 13, 2015, silkscreen, etching with paper-cuts, hand-colouring & drawing, 30 X 30 in.Susan Farquhar, Landmade Monoprint 14, 2015, silkscreen, etching with paper-cuts, hand-colouring & drawing, 30 X 30 in.Susan Farquhar, Landmade Monoprint 15, 2015, silkscreen, etching with paper-cuts, hand-colouring & drawing, 30 X 30 in.Susan Farquhar, Landmade Monoprint 18, 2015, silkscreen, etching with paper-cuts, hand-colouring & drawing, 30 X 30 in.Susan Farquhar, Landmade Monoprint 20, 2015, silkscreen, etching with paper-cuts, hand-colouring & drawing, 30 X 30 in.Susan Farquhar, Landmade Monoprint 22, 2015, silkscreen, etching with paper-cuts, hand-colouring & drawing, 30 X 30 in.Susan Farquhar, Landmade Monoprint 23, 2015, silkscreen, etching with paper-cuts, hand-colouring & drawing, 30 X 30 in.Susan Farquhar, Landmade Monoprint 24, 2015, silkscreen, etching with paper-cuts, hand-colouring & drawing, 30 X 30 in.Susan Farquhar, Landmade Monoprint 27, 2015, silkscreen, etching with paper-cuts, hand-colouring & drawing, 30 X 30 in.Susan Farquhar, Landmade Monoprint 29, 2015, silkscreen, etching with paper-cuts, hand-colouring & drawing, 30 X 30 in.

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Northern Traces
October 18 - November 11, 2012

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Artist Statement

Canadian imagery is in essence a varied and changing set of ideas. Such concepts are difficult to capture and conceptualize, as they are ever-changing and multi-dimensional.

The Canadian collective reality fascinates me. While historians and writers allude to a relatively cohesive interpretation of this experience, to me, we each visualize our experiences in a more multi-layered and unique manner. Our visual memories - the images we hold within our hearts - are profound expressions of ourselves.

When we open our minds to all that surrounds us, we broaden our scope of potential visual memories. More material, from different sources, becomes available to us. This abundance of possibility sets the stage for infinite transformation and growth. Such being the case, I feel my “finished” works are not irrefutably complete. Instead, they are testaments to where I was (mentally and emotionally) at the time of completion.

Process is Everything

Whether inspired directly from landscapes or old photos found online, my pieces are ultimately the embodiment of my own unique interpretation of what I see.

While the finished piece speaks volumes, the journey to that “final destination” is what I consider most interesting. The thoughts and feelings I have along the way dictate my every move: the forms my pencil creates, their placement on the canvas, the colours I employ, how I layer them, and so on. With the photos, it’s the images themselves - not the accompanying descriptions - that speak to me most. I like to draw my own conclusions, based on expressions or placement of the objects. My first impression of these sorts of details becomes my motivation.

I begin by applying layers of colour, texture, and collage onto square surfaces. The collages are layers of my drawings, printed on delicate papers including Japanese handmade sheets comprised of details from the physical landscape. Collectively, the layers of prints over colour and texture create a single, more personally relevant image.

GALLERY

Susan Farquhar, Old North II, 2011, mixed media on canvas, 18 X 18 in.Susan Farquhar, Old North IV, 2011, mixed media on canvas, 18 X 18 in.Susan Farquhar, Old North III, 2011, mixed media on canvas, 18 X 18 in.Susan Farquhar, Old North I, 2011, mixed media on canvas, 18 X 18 in.Susan Farquhar, Spruce 6, 2012, mixed media on canvas, 30 X 30 in.Susan Farquhar, Storied Ground 5, 2012, mixed media on canvas, 78 X 30 in.Susan Farquhar, Conifer Symbol, 2012, mixed media on canvas, 78 X 30 in.Susan Farquhar, Storied Ground 4, 2011, mixed media on panel, 36 X 36 in.Susan Farquhar, Storied Ground 2, 2011, mixed media on panel, 36 X 36 in.Susan Farquhar, Boreal Imprints 2, 2011, mixed media on canvas, 24 X 24 in., SOLD.Susan Farquhar, Boreal Imprints 3, 2011, mixed media on canvas, 24 X 24 in.Susan Farquhar, Macfie, 2012, mixed media on panel, 41 1/2 X 40 in.Susan Farquhar, Macdonald, 2012, mixed media on panel, 47 X 34 1/2 in.Susan Farquhar, Northern Traces, Exhibition installation view.Susan Farquhar, Northern Traces, Exhibition installation view.Susan Farquhar, Northern Traces, Exhibition installation view.Susan Farquhar, Northern Traces, Exhibition installation view.Susan Farquhar, Northern Traces, Exhibition installation view.Susan Farquhar, Northern Traces, Exhibition installation view.Susan Farquhar, Northern Traces, Exhibition installation view.Susan Farquhar, Northern Traces, Exhibition installation view.Susan Farquhar, Northern Traces, Exhibition installation view.Susan Farquhar, Northern Traces, Exhibition installation view.Susan Farquhar, Northern Traces, Exhibition installation view.Susan Farquhar, Northern Traces, Exhibition installation view.

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Washi Revisited: a year later
Tawny Maclachlan Capon, Susan Farquhar, Barbara Klunder
June 4 - 28, 2009

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Boreal Scratch monoprints by Susan Farquhar
May 28 - June 20, 2009

OPEN STUDIO, 401 Richmond St. W., Suite 104
Toronto, ON M5V 3A8
416.504.8328

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Boreal Echo: recent collaged paintings
May 15 - June 15, 2008

This exhibition is part of the World Washi Summit happening in Toronto,
June 7 - 15, 2008. Washi is the Japanese word that refers to the traditional papers, made by hand from indigenous renewable plant fibres, which have been continuously produced and refined in Japan for 1400 years.
(Information at www.worldwashisummit.com)

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Artist Statement

I was born in Northern Ontario and I am aware that this landscape has deeply impressed me. I think that I am seeking anew how to express this influence: what the memory of it means to me now, and what I am doing with it.

Drawing is the first step; it connects landscape and pattern. I have done a lot of drawing of conifer trees in one-way or another.

A while ago I decided to hand screen-print my line drawings of conifer trees onto washi. Washi is traditional Japanese paper handmade from the long fibres of three plants: Koso, Mitsumata and Gampi. Printing allows the drawings to become repeatable which is my way forward. Printing by hand keeps things less mechanical looking and different from digital or giclée printing. Multiples of each drawing allows me to experiment, try variations of the drawing and see the beginning or clues to what is possible.

The washi is the key to the image-making method. The natural fibres of this handmade paper, it’s strength and range of transparency are as important as printing the drawings. I begin with the canvas painted in a colour and commence gluing the printed washi on top in as many layers as it takes to come to a resolution.

The next stage is drawing again on the washi. This requires a painted layer of medium mixed with an abrasive to help hold the oil pastel drawing to the washi surface. This abrasive layer while once just functional has now become a drawing itself in some cases.

All of the above is often repeated to gain the image; that is to find the bits and pieces of what is Northern to me.

GALLERY

Susan Farquhar, Spruce #4, 2008, washi, oil pastel on canvas, 36 X 36 in.Susan Farquhar, Britt, 2008, washi, oil pastel on canvas, 36 X 36 in., SOLDSusan Farquhar, Red Pine #3, 2008, washi, oil pastel on canvas, 24 X 24 in.Susan Farquhar, Boreal, 2008, washi, oil pastel on canvas, 24 X 24 in.Susan Farquhar, Red Pine #2, 2008, washi, oil pastel on canvas, 24 X 24 in.Susan Farquhar, Pine #6, 2008, washi, oil pastel on canvas, 24 X 24 in.Susan Farquhar, Red Pine #4, 2008, washi, oil pastel on canvas, 24 X 24 in.Susan Farquhar, Conifer, 2007, washi, oil pastel on canvas, 24 X 24 in.Susan Farquhar, Pine #1, 2007, washi, oil pastel on canvas, 36 X 36 in., SOLDSusan Farquhar, Pines #3, 2007, washi, oil pastel on canvas, 24 X 24 in., SOLDSusan Farquhar, Lichen #2, 2007, washi, oil pastel on canvas, 24 X 24 in.Susan Farquhar, Lichen, 2008, washi, oil pastel on canvas, 24 X 24 in.Susan Farquhar, Spruce #5, 2007, washi, oil pastel on canvas, 36 X 36 in.Susan Farquhar, Conifer #2, 2007, washi, oil pastel on canvas, 24 X 24 in.Susan Farquhar, Boreal #2, 2007, washi, oil pastel on canvas, 24 X 24 in.Susan Farquhar, Pines #5, 2008, washi, oil pastel on canvas, 36 X 36 in., SOLDSusan Farquhar, Boreal Echo, 2008, washi, oil pastel on canvas, 36 X 36 in.Susan Farquhar, Spruce #2, 2007, washi, oil pastel on canvas, 36 X 36 in.Susan Farquhar, Cedar #2, 2007, washi, oil pastel on canvas, 36 X 36 in.Susan Farquhar, Spruce #3, 2006, washi, oil pastel on canvas, 36 X 36 in.Susan Farquhar, Cedar, 2007, washi, oil pastel on canvas, 24 X 24 in., SOLDSusan Farquhar, Boreal Echo: recent collaged paintings, Exhibition installation view.Susan Farquhar, Boreal Echo: recent collaged paintings, Exhibition installation view.Susan Farquhar, Boreal Echo: recent collaged paintings, Exhibition installation view.Susan Farquhar, Boreal Echo: recent collaged paintings, Exhibition installation view.Susan Farquhar, Boreal Echo: recent collaged paintings, Exhibition installation view.Susan Farquhar, Boreal Echo: recent collaged paintings, Exhibition installation view.Susan Farquhar, Boreal Echo: recent collaged paintings, Exhibition installation view.Susan Farquhar, Boreal Echo: recent collaged paintings, Exhibition installation view.