Mixed Media

Lynne McIlvride – Modest Epiphanies

Artist Lynne McIlvride creates these ornate equilateral crosses from painted carved basswood, beadwork and paper sculpture. She’s recently added the relief wood carving to her repertoire, to be featured for the first time at The Artist Project in Toronto.

It was the commission for a Toronto church (above) that led McIlvride “into an interesting direction involving wood carving and beadwork.” She realized she was being drawn back to a way of art-making “characterized by hope and the munificence of God.”

My friend and I were talking about the small epiphanies of childhood–instances when we sensed an invitation from God: the comfort and mystery of a statue of Virgin and Child on a well-frequented path; wind animating the tops of trees; a song about the magi breaking into a child’s sad night. As I do these small dense painted carvings, I realize they represent hints of hope; modest epiphanies. They allude to those moments that happen in the blink of an eye, brief and easily missed but if you manage to pay attention, life-changing. – Lynne McIlvride



For more detail and many other examples of Lynne McIlvride’s work, go to her WordPress website, here.

Images from one of her previous exhibitions, Rare Birds & Strange Bedfellows, at the David Kaye gallery, here.

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