Old Jock and Marie Anne could never find
Raspberries of the glowing amber kind
To fill the “ancient porcelain bowl.” (T'was lined
With amber glaze; outside a gold vine wound
In such a graceful pattern round and round.)
But if my Mother looked she always found
Enough to fill the bowl. That day we’d three
Distinguished guests. I loved to have them see
My lovely Mother as she looked at tea…
Her gown of creamy lace—her shining hair,
Her beads of old carved amber… all her rare
Fragile soft richness, like the berries there
With their pale amber bloom. I lover her so…
I wished that every body there could know…
“Why don’t you eat your berries, Child?”… then low
I bent my head to hide two burning tears
Of yearning love. How strange those vague cold fears
My child heart knew that day…what long long years
Since those last lovely hours of ecstasy
When she made Beauty live and thrill for me.
Louise Morey Bowman (1924) from Canadian Poetry: 1920-1960. Ed. Brian Trehearne. Toronto: McClelland and Stewart, 2010.
POETIC BITES (EXCERPTS FROM RESEARCH ESSAYS)
CURATORIAL PROJECT STATEMENT
Art works selected as part of Nicole Kwit's curatorial project "Mortality's Shadow" inspired by Bowman's poem. From left to right TOP: Egon Schiele, The Self Seer (1911); Gustav Klimt, Life and Death (1910); Egon Schiele, Agony (1912). BOTTOM: Edouard Manet, The Death Toreador (1864); John Everett Millais, Ophelia (1851-52); Rene Magritte, Manet's Balcony (1950)
ARTFUL FARE RESPONSES (RESPONSE TO ART WORK AND CURATORIAL PROJECT)
NICOLE KWIT (FINE ARTS, ART HISTORY) is a Fine Arts BFA Major currently completing her third year at KPU. She has a fascination with the history of art along with creating art; primarily working in digital media, illustrations, and light installations.
MARK ROBINSON (FINE ARTS) is a Fine Arts student at KPU, and he has no large plans for the future. He simply knows that creating art will be part of whichever plan he decides to follow.
KEANA TIGHE (ENGLISH) is very enthusiastic about writing and English literature.