I grew up in a century old farm house, on a dairy farm in Mount Hope. I remember the dining room had a decorative tin ceiling, and the walls were covered in a baroque style wallpaper. There was a china cabinet filled with china cups and saucers, ornamental plates and crystal wear. All of these decorative elements informed my idea of art.
Since I was a child, I have always been in awe of the decorative elements that I found within my own seemingly mundane, rural home. During my art school studies, I was thrilled to discover the artists of the Pattern And Decoration Movement from the 1970’s & 80’s. Artists such as: Robert Rahway Zakinitch, Robert Kushner and Ross Bleckner, who employed decorative elements as the basis for their work.
This exhibit at the Central Library is envisioned as a large scale 19th Century wallpaper sample book. The purpose of the book was to show the customer a range of patterns that were for sale.
The patterns come from a variety of sources: William Morris; Racinet’s Historic Ornament; M. Dupont-Auberville’s Classic Textile Designs; and a shirt I found at Hawk & Sparrow on James Street North.
All pieces are oil on paper.