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Beaverbrook Art GalleryDecember 11, 20180 Comments

On display now: Portrait of a Lady Fern and A Study of Flora, Fauna and Fungi

Portrait of a Lady Fern and A Study of Flora, Fauna and Fungi, by Janice Wright Cheney; part of the exhibition Depository Park.

 

These two artworks reflect Cheney’s interest in forests, and specifically Odell Park. This sample of old growth forest, along with the biodiversity, health, and richness of life it presents is very important.

In her words, “I have interpreted the forest of Odell Park as a mille-fleurs tapestry. A fern is embroidered over a photographic image of the Odell woods printed on linen, while an inventory of small specimens collected in the park emphasizes the diversity of life in the old-growth forest.

“Mille-fleur” refers to a Medieval European style of…

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