CAROL BAJEN-GAHM – Outport Bonavista

Oct 6—Oct 28, 2017

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  • Root Cellar Meditation #1

    Mixed media: pigment stick, encaustic, Sumi ink seaweed print on Rives lightweight paper on panel
    24" × 20"
    2017

  • Root Cellar Meditation #2

    Mixed media: pigment stick, encaustic, digital tranfer, Sumi ink seaweed print on Rives lightweight paper on panel
    24" × 20"
    2017

  • Root Cellar Meditation #3

    Mixed media: pigment stick, encaustic, digital tranfer, Sumi ink seaweed print on Rives lightweight paper on panel
    24" × 20"
    2017

  • Root Cellar Meditation #6

    Mixed media: pigment stick, encaustic, digital tranfer, Sumi ink seaweed print on Rives lightweight paper on panel
    24" × 20"
    2017

  • Root Cellar Meditation #7

    Mixed media: pigment stick, encaustic, Sumi ink seaweed print on Rives lightweight paper on panel
    24" × 20"
    2017

  • Root Cellar Meditation #8

    Mixed media: pigment stick, encaustic, digital tranfer, Sumi ink seaweed print on Rives lightweight paper on panel
    20" × 24"
    2017

  • Root Cellar Meditation #9

    Mixed media: pigment stick, encaustic, Sumi ink seaweed print on Rives lightweight paper on panel
    24" × 20"
    2017

  • root cellar meditation #13

    Mixed media: pigment stick, encaustic, digital tranfer, Sumi ink seaweed print on clay coated paper on panel
    12" × 12"
    2017

  • Root Cellar Meditation #14

    Mixed media: pigment stick, encaustic, digital tranfer, Sumi ink seaweed print on clay coated paper on panel
    12" × 12"
    2017

  • Root Cellar Meditation #16

    Mixed media: pigment stick, encaustic, digital tranfer, Sumi ink seaweed print on Rives lightweight paper on panel
    26" × 20"
    2017

  • Root Cellar Meditation #17

    Mixed media: pigment stick, encaustic, digital tranfer, Sumi ink seaweed print on Rives lightweight paper on panel
    26" × 20"
    2017

  • Root Cellar Meditation #18

    Mixed media: pigment stick, encaustic, digital tranfer, Sumi ink seaweed print on Rives lightweight paper on panel
    24" × 20"
    2017

  • Root Cellar Meditation #19

    Mixed media: pigment stick, encaustic, Sumi ink seaweed print on Kita Kata paper on panel
    20" × 17"
    2017

  • Root Cellar Meditation #20

    Mixed media: pigment stick, encaustic, Sumi ink seaweed print on Kita Kata paper on panel
    20" × 17"
    2017

  • Root Cellar Meditation #21

    Mixed media: pigment stick, encaustic, digital transfer, Sumi ink seaweed print on Rives lightweight paper on panel
    33" × 26"
    2017

  • Encounters: Duntara & Keels #1

    Mixed media: pigment stick, encaustic, Sumi ink seaweed print on Rives lightweight paper on panel
    26" × 20"
    2017

  • Encounters: Duntara & Keels #2

    Mixed media: pigment stick, encaustic, digital transfer, Sumi ink seaweed print on Rives lightweight paper on panel
    26" × 20"
    2017

  • Encounters: Duntara & Keels #3

    Mixed media: pigment stick, encaustic, Sumi ink seaweed print on Rives lightweight paper on panel
    26" × 20"
    2017

  • Encounters: Duntara & Keels #4

    Mixed media: pigment stick, encaustic, Sumi ink seaweed print on Rives lightweight paper on panel
    26" × 20"
    2017

  • Encounters: Duntara & Keels

    (triptych)
    Mixed media: pigment stick, encaustic, Sumi ink seaweed print on Rives lightweight paper on panel
    26" × 20"
    2017


Dark, confined spaces, tangled roots, wells, and caves have always attracted me. These are often the settings for fairy tales with their indifference to time and space; dreams hold an equal fascination for me. I explore these indeterminate places, both in myself and in nature. These dark places, tangles, fairy tales and dreams all can engender fear and with work, lead to a deeper understanding.

Places engulf me. I see them through time, from many scales and vantage points: the land, the buildings, the weather, the artifacts. the people, the history, the soil; the sounds and smells. I take them all in. I collect ideas, images, memories, photographs, and artifacts and start to build a painting.

Once the often-diverse and contrasting elements are placed, my process becomes geologic, a back and forth between deposition and erosion, until a balance appears between form and color.

In the Root Cellar Meditation series, I began by making Sumi Ink contact prints of seaweed, which was used by outport Newfoundlanders as fertilizer, and netting, which was a crop protector.

For the Encounters: Duntara and Keels series, I printed tangled grasses and artifacts such as barrel hoops, pitchfork tines and fishnets: all elements of this remote village.

Although the paintings are abstract, they are the result of a deep act of seeing.

Artists associated with this exhibition