Reader Rosemary Scanlon reached out to me a few weeks ago all the way up from Whitehorse in the Yukon Territory in Canada. She sent me a bunch of her watercolors and I was immediately interested in hearing more about her and her work. I asked her to tell me about subject matter and her medium:
"In terms of subject matter, the paintings regularly reference scenes of northern life and popular culture, with flashpoints of absurdity. Humorous and mildly disturbing [I'm] influenced by medieval tapestries, Henry Darger and vernacular photography.
I started working on watercolors when i was writing my dissertation for my masters of fine arts. I was looking into the role of the archive in art and how archives are often a construction of a supernarrative. It is the delicate and fleeting quality of watercolor that reflects the browsing of the Internet. The beauty of the juxtaposition and combination of images reflects a modern access to the world as well as the complexities of tapestry whose symbols and imagery and wholeness challenged me to rethink perspective and subject matter."
Be sure to check out Rosemary's site where there is broad range of her work on display.