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Shirley Cordes-Rogozinsky

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Born in Rosetown, Saskatchewan, my childhood was spent growing up and working on our family farm. Having enough water meant collecting and saving every drop from rooftops. I was an environmentalist before the movement existed! Trees were never taken for granted; every one of them had to be planted and nurtured in order to grow. On hot summer days, when others were vacationing, my brother and I were helping Dad putting up hay in the roadside ditches. Sometimes I escaped! Ignoring chores and everyone who called my name.....I would get lost.....lost in the wheat field. I lied down. I watched the clouds. IMAGINE! I was connected! I belonged! Landscape defined my conscious and unconscious boundaries.
My adult life was in complete contrast! As a military wife, I lived a nomadic, transient life. I planted many trees and lived in many places, but never stayed around long enough to enjoy any shade. I did however, make many memories. These memories are my history. I harbor this history deep inside me.
Today, I reside in St. Albert, Alberta and life’s experiences continue to play a significant role in my art. I paint in oil, acrylic and encaustic; I garden; I sculpt in clay and natural/found materials . Wheat fields are now viewed from afar.....there are many more memories.....and of course some things always remain the same.....CLOUDS..... LOTS OF CLOUDS..... IMAGINE!

Artist Statement

Change is inevitable. Awareness, observation, with a nod to the personal keeps me current. Yes, “art reflects life”; and complex world situations, technology, and the changes within my own personal reality such as health, age, and family, influences my current painting practice. I draw inspiration and ideas from my “collective” life, past and present. Contained between the multiple layers of pigment, my paintings are a record, my visual language that expresses a narrative. The decisions I make when creating art are conscious and deliberate choices leaning more to the positive. I feel the world has just too much reality at the moment, and although not ignoring what I call the “ugly”, I choose to control it.
Full of life; these paintings are colourful, fun, imaginative, happy, maybe mysterious; POSITIVE! They are constructed layer upon layer, sometimes painted with brushes, other times with whatever is at hand. I am very interested in personal symbolism and intuitive mark making. I uncover, and cover up again (not everything needs to be revealed), but, everything is recorded, somewhere. Sometimes I allow small glimpses of imagery “to peek” through, a reminder that “there is always more to what meets the eye than what appears on the surface”, my attempt to tweak your curiosity.
In painting I can imagine like a child, no inhibitions, no fear, try new things; loving color, mark making, pattern, and so much more! Maps, quilts, prairie, furrows, seeds, natural, or imaginary, what do they represent? Yes, no, maybe. It doesn't matter, filled with hope and optimism; I am remembering how to play again, explore, get lost, wander,follow the signs. Kindly enjoy...

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Updated last on August 8, 2019

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