"The Work of The Garden" – Maggie Rutherford
– Personal Narrative, Tales, and Memory–
Light Grey Art Lab 5th year anniversary exhibition
tobeyou is a special exhibition featuring 100 international illustrators, designers, and makers of all types. The exhibition celebrates individuals within the creative community, showcasing the beauty of personal narratives, stories, memory, and diversity. Each artist has created new work that emphasizes their practice, style, personality, and uniqueness through hand-pulled screen prints, framed original paintings, zines, small sculptures, photographs and more.
tobeyou is on display March 3rd - April 15th, 2017.
You can view the gallery and archive of artwork here.
The Work of The Garden
Watercolor & gouache on paper
11" x 14"
About this piece:
On the surface, much of the work that I do in the garden goes completely unnoticed. It can be a frustrating struggle with entropy and my own impulses for control, often leaving me sweaty and covered in dirt. But in my garden I have also learned how to look for the first signs of green poking up through the dark earth, and pondered the mysterious forces that quicken each new growth upwards. I have sung to the flowers that unfurl into a delicate loveliness that takes my breath away, and cursed the squirrels who raid my bulbs, even as I laugh at their charming antics. The birds come and go, the seasons rise and fall--always different, always the same. I carry my familiar tools with me, and some plants find triumph, while others fail for reasons that sometimes I know and at other times are a mystery. I am aware that all of the love and time and energy I pour into my garden is not enough on its own to make things grow, or create beauty. At its core, the work I do in my garden feels like a co-created artwork between unknowable, untamable Nature and myself. The work I do in my garden is some of the most meaningful work of my life.
About this artist:
Born and raised in Bothell, WA, I received my BFA in Painting & Drawing from the University of Washington in 2009. Working primarily in watercolor and gouache, I create paintings that are inspired by nature, the cycles of the seasons, and the delicacy of small, domestic moments. I want my work to reflect the power and presence of the natural world around me, celebrating not only nature's grand moments but also its dear and intimate details. I currently live with my husband and cat in a house surrounded by trees just outside of the city.
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