A series of drawings done over photo-litho prints, inspired by stories of real people and their in-habitation of the land. Images are drawn from photographs from Canadian history textbooks and community journals. The idea of North as a powerful force is a thematic constant in these pieces particularly, contributing to a fatalistic perspective of human endeavors and (anti)heroism. Iconic creatures maybe be associated with the supernatural, engaged in the creation of life and implicated in strange moments and climactic events.
In the summer of 2015, I returned to my hometown in Northern BC to make drawings for a show titled Trawling, Tilling, Tending, which was shared with my colleague and friend Pam Lobb. Our work is different but has some similar themes. My own work for the exhibition, which took place at Graven Feather in August 2015, can be seen below.
"With explorations in the use of watercolour and pencil crayon, this latest body of work returns to familiar ground with themes of home and reconstructed memory. Featuring imagined islands, botanical masses and mountains from childhood, the bulk of the imagery was completed during a recent trip to her hometown in Northern British Columbia. There Candela was inspired by old photographs, a thriving natural environment, and the merging of existing mental iconography with a solid, present, reality. These mixed-media drawings operate best as an accumulation of visual motifs, joined by shifting streams of colour, feeling and personal vision; a floating collection that travels along the wall mixing images from actual scenes with reconstituted elements. "
A collection of drawings from various series, this grouping highlights the interest I have in stories of place and decay. Given the large empty expanses of land in this country, this is common theme in Canada's history of immigration and a thread tied to the boom and break of resources and settlement.