Rosalie Lam “In flight” exhibition at Arcadia Art Gallery
Canada geese live in the shadow of Toronto’s condo towers and at the edge of busy roads—yet they seem to inhabit an entirely different world
Living in a condo in downtown Toronto, I enjoy taking the Queen streetcar to High Park and biking along the lakeshore on warm days. The possibility of seeing and sketching Canada geese is an ordinary occurrence, yet these birds are also compelling in their strangeness. As part of my artistic practice, I draw the geese to enhance my observation, to stay focused, and for the challenge of rendering their dynamic forms. This series of paintings derives from these site studies.
I was at first fascinated by their elegant shape and dynamic movements. Then I was intrigued by their grouping patterns and communal behaviour. These geese live in the shadow of condo towers and at the edge of busy roads, yet they seem to be in different world entirely of their own. What does the world look like to these creatures? What are they bickering about at the edge of the pond? What places do they see on their long migration? Lounging nonchalantly on the water, do they dream of flights south to sunny coasts?
For urban dwellers, can geese be an extension of our own mindsets—both urban and wild? The settings of these paintings depended much on my personal feelings, fantasies, and inclinations. As Emerson said of art, “it depends little on the object, much on the mood.”
I trained in classical painting and graduated with a degree in Architecture from McGill University. I studied for two years at the Central Academy of Fine Arts in Beijing and have exhibited in Canada, China, and India. I’ve lived and painted in Toronto for the past seven years.
The “In flight” exhibition runs at The Arcadia Art Gallery from April 1st to 17th, 2016. Join me for the opening reception on April 2nd, from 2 to 5pm.
Arcadia Art Gallery
680 Queen’s Quay West
Saturday and Sunday only
1 to 6pm
or by appointment
April 1st to 17th, 2016
April 2nd from 2 to 5pm
Exhibition Flyer (PDF)