Earlier this year, I was invited along with 36 artists in Alberta and Saskatchewan to participate in the inaugural "Cenovus Art Competition". The focus of the competition was to identify "under-recognized artists" in Alberta and Saskatchewan, in the form of a competition. Normally, I don't go in for these sort of things, but I liked what the company was proposing to do.
After being diagnosed with breast cancer just before Christmas, we've had a roller coaster of emotion and action in the household, combining doctor's visits, show openings, Leighton Colony residencies, tests and surgery. As the saying goes....the show must go on, and it did....on all fronts.
I admit being a workaholic. The creation of images fascinates me and borders on obsession. What does it mean to produce really great work, in a prolific manner? I think the answer to that lies in a concentrated residency period that allows experimentation. Quantifiable data can help flesh out part of the picture, but not all of it. Here was my short experience at The Banff Centre.
With nothing suggested, a blank canvas becomes the means by which thoughts can begin to have a life of their own and manifest. There is space for something to be born into.
I'm very pleased to announce my first solo public exhibition of works at the Okotoks Art Gallery. January 11 - February 27, 2013. The exhibition will feature multimedia works, paintings and installations and also integrate my recent experience with the theme as Artist in Residence in Gwaii Haanas National Park.
The beauty of art to me, is it's many faces. Emotional. Engaging. Beautiful. Brilliant. Intentful. Intelligent. Interactive. Contemporary. Contextual. Controversial. Conversational. Historical. Political. Discuss...
Janice Tanton's land and sea route to Gwaii Haanas National Park where she will be an artist in residence on Haida Gwaii in 2012.
Art connects us and creates space for new experiences and dialogue. This is the true value of a work, whether it is a piece of theatre, music, writing, sculpture, dance or a painting that somehow moves us.
For Immediate Release - Gibson Fine Art in Calgary Alberta signs Canadian Artist Janice Tanton.