Friday, April 23, 2010

A Conversation about Hair and Colour, Pt I

Lady with an Axe, Man with a Hammer (black shorts), Man with a Hammer (white shirt),
Lady with and Axe (black hair)
each piece is 12 x 16 inches, acrylic on canvas, framed

Sorry it's been so quiet around here, I've been building frames, sanding, staining and varathaning them for days and of course finishing up a ton of work, the studio is a complete and total mess. And I feel that I am becoming a bit too bogged down in this show and have very little to say. Luckily playwright Tara Beagan sent me a message and got me excited about thinking again, here for your enjoyment is our conversation in two parts.

"Hi Andrew,

i wondered something... and please know that i'm not making any insinuations or calculating to make accusations at all. i'd love to hear thoughts from an artist whose principal pursuit isn't theatre.

i noticed your Lady With Axes (pardon, i can't now recall the exact title. pretty sad for a so-called-writer) and love her, but then realized the thing that made me paint our christmas tree angel's hair dark brown when i was nine: all of the angels on the tree were whiter looking than me (i'm a fairly fair halfbreed) and so i couldn't really feel like they were there for me to cherish.

this may seem nuts, but i wondered at whether you ever paint people whose complexions or colouring is off-Caucasian. i understand that we offer the world those things we know and that speak to us, and that the shadings and palette employed when painting non-aryan folk might make a difference to the overall tone of your images... what are your thoughts on this?

tomson highway believes anyone should be cast in his plays - doesn't care if the actor is non-native and playing native. i don't agree with him, though i understand his point of view to some extent. similarly, i get irked when theatres fill their "native" or "ethnic" quota by programming stories written by a member of dominant society (usually white guys). but then, here i am wondering whether you ever paint more pigmented folk.thoughts?

i'm not on the attack, i swear. i have a bit of a reputation for that, but i'm honestly not seeking prey - i just wonder what your thoughts might be as a visual artist.looking forward to checking out your latest in person.

warm regards and much respect,tarab"

Tara Beagan is a Canadian playwright, her last play "the Woods" is part of Theatrefront's four play cycle, "the Mill".

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