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  • Handling Chaos Series Handling Chaos Series

    In my Handling Chaos series I took the skills that I have developed being a mother when handling chaos and applied it to painting.

    I decided there are two ways that I cope with disarray as a mother. In the morning I clean, sort, do laundry, do dishes and organize things. In the late afternoon and evening I am tired and I let the chaos happen, books are left on the floor, laundry thrown about, toys scattered but I am too burnt out to be effective and I just look at it all. I decided that I would have to make diptychs to emulate both of my mothering chaos responses. Each scene needed to be painted twice, once organizing chaos and once letting the chaos fly. Then put both paintings together to feel the differences.

    For my subject matter I searched for bits of vegetation, that when looked at, would make me feel queasy and overwhelmed, causing me to think “There is no way I can paint that! It is too much!”

    I worked on this series with the financial help of: a Deep Bay Residency August 13 -26, 2012 from Manitoba Arts Council and Parks Canada, and a project grant for the summers of 2013 and 2014 from The Winnipeg Arts Council.
  • "Raspberry Patch 1" 16” x 40” diptych acrylic on canvas Brenna George 2012.
  • "Raspberry Patch 2" 16” x 40” diptych acrylic on canvas Brenna George 2012.
  • "Shore 1" 16” x 40” diptych acrylic on canvas Brenna George 2012.
  • "Shore 2" 16” x 40” diptych acrylic on canvas Brenna George 2012.
  • "Tall Grasss 2" 16” x 40” diptych acrylic on canvas Brenna George 2012.
  • "Tall Grass 1" 16” x 40” diptych acrylic on canvas Brenna George 2012.