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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.
  • "Blackberry Patch"16” x 40” diptych oil on canvas Brenna George 2013. In front of my Dad’s house Gibsons, B.C.
  • "Red River Pathway 1" 16” x 40” diptych acrylic on canvas Brenna George 2013.
  • "Clear Lake Shore" Camp Wasaga 16” x 40” diptych acrylic on canvas Brenna George 2013.
  • "Red River Pathway 2" 16” x 40” diptych oil on canvas Brenna George 2013.
  • "Backyard" 16” x 40” diptych oil on canvas Brenna George 2014. Plum tree
  • "Red River Pathway 3" 16” x 40” diptych oil on canvas Brenna George 2014.
  • "Red River Path 1" 16” x 40” diptych oil on canvas Brenna George 2014. Churchill drive, Winnipeg
  • "Falcon Lake Shore" 16” x 40” diptych oil on canvas Brenna George 2014. Falcon Lake Campground
  • "Brereton Lake Campground roadside" 16” x 40” diptych oil on canvas Brenna George 2014. Brereton Lake Campground
  • "Red River Path 2" 16” x 40” diptych oil on canvas Brenna George 2014. Churchill drive, Winnipeg