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Artist Statement

Artist Statement

Judith can be contacted by e-mail at judith@judithmcrae.com

To purchase paintings, contact Judith at the e-mail address above, to arrange for viewing and pickup at the Studio. If you live outside of the Calgary area, I will ship it to you using UPS, FedEx, or Canada Post (whichever offers the most affordable rate) and you'll pay on delivery - otherwise, either I'll bring it to you, or you come pick it up. Everything is framed and wired for instant hanging, and I can provide you with hangers at no extra charge, if needed.

A Brush with Abstraction

This series came together with an assignment from The Emmaus Group to create a show of abstract pieces for the House Coffee Sanctuary in the late fall of 2013. In abstract art, we use symbols, colours, and shapes to signify realities that are beyond the realm of the visible world. Abstract art is at once easier (since there is no model to draw from, and thus, nothing that you can fail to copy correctly) and more difficult, since the rules of art making become untethered from the physical world; they are now laws unto themselves. Five of these pieces were included in the show. The remainder of the pieces were individual abstract works that were created for specific purposes, but which at the time were unconnected to anything else I was working on.

Contact Judith at judith@judithmcrae.com to inquire. (Sizes are in inches. Values are in Canadian dollars.)

Blue Study Icarus and Daedelus Breathe Wildfire

Pale Blue Colour Experiment - January, 2015

Media: Acrylic on canvas

Size: 10 x 8 inches

Estimated Value: $100.00

 

Icarus and Daedelus - November, 2014

Media: Acrylic on canvas

Size: 20 x 16 inches

Estimated Value: $400.00

In my First Aid training, one of the instructors told us one time, "If the patient does not obey commands, he is probably unconscious."

This statement of the obvious got me thinking about obedience in general. Obedience isn't very popular these days, and perhaps it's because, as a society, we are losing consciousness.

The story of Icarus and Daedelus is a parable about obedience. Icarus was a typical teenage boy who hardly paid attention to anything he was told. He didn't like rules, and he usually zoned out when people were giving him instructions. But in order to escape from the island where they had been exiled, Daedelus, his father, came up with a plan. He created wings from bird feathers, and attached them to a frame with wax. He made two sets - one for himself, and one for Icarus. He instructed Icarus how to use them. He also said, "Don't go too close to the sun, in case the wax would melt, and you would fall into the sea."

Icarus scoffed at his father. Obviously the old dolt didn't realize that the atmosphere gets colder when you fly higher. Proud of his youthful wisdom, he flew up as high as he could go, and as he got too close to the sun, the wax melted, and his wings came apart.

As Icarus plunged into the water, his father wept, but could not stop for him. Nor did the farmer stop for him, for he was busy with his work - indeed, the farmer never became aware either of Daedelus, flying high above him, nor ofIcarus, drowning in the sea below him. He saw only the rocks and weeds that had to be cleared from the field.

Icarus himself realized too late the price of disobedience, and it was only as he was gasping for the breath that would never come that it began to occur to him that he was not, in fact, wiser than his father - that, indeed, he was not wise at all.

"Breathe" - September, 2012

Media: Acrylic on canvas

Size: 16 x 20 inches

Estimated Value: $400.00

This was for a play called "Breathe" that took place at the Epcor. It was produced by the Fire Exit Theatre under the direction of Val Lieske.

 

"Wildfire" - August, 2007

Media: Acrylic on canvas

Size: 16 x 20 inches

Estimated Value: $400.00

This was the experience of seeing the forest fires just across the lake from my Dad's place in the interior of BC, and wondering whether the brave pilots of the water planes would be able to put them out.

InklingsInspired by the Inklings

During the years between 1932 and 1949, The Inklings gathered on Tuesday mornings or else Thursday evenings, either in Clive Lewis's dorm roomsat Oxford University or at a pub called The Eagle and Child (also known as "The Bird and Baby," or simply "The Bird.") It was an informal literary discussion group where writers would gather to bounce ideas around and come up with fantasy stories. The Chronicles of Narnia owes its encouragement to this group, as does The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings. There is a scene in the movie and play Shadowlands that depicts a meeting of this group in the pub.

Gilbert Keith Chesterton was never a member of this group, most likely due to being far too old for the first four or five years, and then dead for the remainder of the time, but in my ever so humble opinion, I think he should have been, so I included him in this project, along with C. S. Lewis and Tolkein, as well as friends of mine who weren't members of the group due to not being born yet, as well as being of the wrong nationality, for the most part.

 

 

Apocalypse Actual Emergency Childhood

"No Creature So Wild" - November 2013

Media: Acrylic on canvas

Size: 20 x 16 inches

Estimated Value: $400.00

"Though St. John the Evangelist saw many strange monsters in his vision, he saw no creature so wild as one of his own commentators" - G. K. Chesterton

I layered transparent acrylic colours over one another, with linear shapes in Cadmium Red and Naples Yellow to unify the composition.

"Life is not a Test" - November 2013

Media: Acrylic on canvas

Size: 20 x 16 inches

Estimated Value: $400.00

"Life is not a test. It is an actual emergency." - A writer I used to work with said that.

 


"Childhood" - July, 2016

Media: Acrylic on canvas

Size: 20 x 16 inches

Estimated Value: $400.00

“Critics who treat 'adult' as a term of approval, instead of as a merely descriptive term, cannot be adult themselves. To be concerned about being grown up, to admire the grown up because it is grown up, to blush at the suspicion of being childish; these things are the marks of childhood and adolescence. And in childhood and adolescence they are, in moderation, healthy symptoms. Young things ought to want to grow. But to carry on into middle life or even into early manhood this concern about being adult is a mark of really arrested development. When I was ten, I read fairy tales in secret and would have been ashamed if I had been found doing so. Now that I am fifty I read them openly. When I became a man I put away childish things, including the fear of childishness and the desire to be very grown up.” - C. S. Lewis.

The bike, the ball, and the flamingo were in my back yard. The rest, I found in my mind.

Nonsense

Skydiving

Eden

"Nonsense Questions" - November 2013

Media: Acrylic on canvas

Size: 20 x 16 inches

Estimated Value: $400.00

"Can a mortal ask questions which God finds unanswerable? Quite easily, I should think. All nonsense questions are unanswerable." - C.S. Lewis

 

"Skydiving is Not For You" - November 2013

Media: Acrylic on canvas

Size: 20 x 16 inches

Estimated Value: $400.00

"If at first you don't succeed, skydiving is not for you." - Anonymous

"Eden" - July 2016

Media: Acrylic on canvas

Size: 20x16 inches

Estimated Value: $400.00

“In reading Chesterton, as in reading MacDonald, I did not know what I was letting myself in for. A young man who wishes to remain a sound Atheist cannot be too careful of his reading. There are traps everywhere — "Bibles laid open, millions of surprises," as Herbert says, "fine nets and stratagems." God is, if I may say it, very unscrupulous.” - C. S. Lewis

No Natural Feelings

Fairy Tales

St. John

"No Natural Feelings" - July 2016

Media: Acrylic on canvas

Size: 20x16 inches

Estimated Value: $400.00

“No natural feelings are high or low, holy or unholy, in themselves. They are all holy when God's hand is on the rein. They all go bad when they set up on their own and make themselves into false gods.” - C. S. Lewis

Fairy Tales are More Than True - November 2013

Media: Acrylic on canvas

Size: 20 x 16 inches

Estimated Value: $400.00

Fairy tales are more than true, not because they tell us that dragons exist, but because they tell us that dragons can be beaten. ~ G. K. Chesterton

"The Gospel According to St. John" - July 2016

Media: Acrylic on canvas

Size: 20x16 inches

Estimated Value: $400.00

"You can only come to the morning through the darkness." J. R. R. Tolkein.