Pamela Cockcroft-Lasserre is exhibiting a selection of oil paintings at the 187 Lyon St. display case. The title of this exhibit is “Inspirational Network” and runs from November 28, 2018 to January 23, 2019. Accreditation for the image: “Canadian Conundrum”, Oil on Canvas, 38” x 39”, 2017.
Extracted from two bodies of work, “Carousels” and “Pictures at an Exhibition”, these three selected paintings illustrate a variety of thought processes and responses.
Stimulated by a political event with little resolution “Canadian Conundrum” is a visual allegory while the rousing music of Mussorgsky’s suite, “Pictures at an Exhibition”, based on Victor Hartmann’s paintings and sketches, inspired “Gnomus” and “Limoges” which are my visual interpretation of those two movements in the composition for piano.
In other words, all three paintings are more than they appear to be, freezing in time and capturing at a glance the tenuous Quebec/Canada question, and (ideally with the music playing) conjuring up the gorgeous, rich dynamism of the two movements “Gnomus” and “Limoges” derived from Hartmann’s inspirational paintings.
Each work has inherited from earlier complex networks and hopefully the viewer will be inspired to conjecture even further as there is still mystery left in all.
Pamela Cockcroft-Lasserre November, 2018
Born and raised in South Africa and Namibia, qualified as a teacher in Cape Town, studied Fine Art in London England (Byam Shaw School of Drawing and Painting of St Martin’s Central, University of the Arts, London), graduated with Merit Distinction.
Returned to Cape Town as an Assistant Gallery Custodian, Lecturer in European Art History, Art Critic (Cape Times), painting and exhibiting in group shows. Widely travelled in Southern Africa and Europe, now settled in the Gatineau Hills, Quebec, where studio practice includes predominantly figure paintings and drawings while teaching part time at the Ottawa School of Art and participating in group shows.
Work found in private collections in South Africa, France, USA and Canada. Represented by Orange Gallery in Ottawa.