“There are no words, no paints to express all this, only a beautiful dumbness in the soul, life speaking to life.”
Emily Carr (1871-1945)
Canadian artist Emily Carr searched for truth in life and found answers in her art. Born to British parents in Victoria, British Columbia, Emily loved nature and explored the beauty and culture of the First Nations people. Over her lifetime, she created a prolific body of work that broke away from classical landscape perspectives and helped to preserve the history of Western Canada’s Indigenous people.
It’s clear when you look at the rich colors and unique style of Emily’s paintings as well as her volumes of written work, that Emily Carr was on a passionate quest to understand the world around her. She studied nature and the artwork of Indigenous people and used her art to question the effects of Industrialism on their way of life.
Emily’s artwork did not receive the attention it deserved for its groundbreaking and modern style. In her later years, the Group of Seven artists praised her work and she continued to work hard until her death in 1945.
To learn more about this unusual and incredibly unconventional woman, visit WS on Wednesday.