Plate 44

(3) Paula McLoughlin – The Road to Edith


(1080) Diane Lavoie – Angel Glacier at Plötzensee


About this Artwork

I was sent a view of Mt Edith Cavell in Canada. I thought maybe I can do a ‘that was then this is now’ image. I found the view, it looks much the same, the road is paved and the trees are a bit more substantial.

Why is there a mountain named after Edith Cavell?

Well, Edith Cavell was a fierce brave woman. An English Nurse; she was recruited in 1907 to run a nursing school in Belgium. She was a humanitarian. When Belgium was occupied during WW1 she joined the Belgian Resistance and helped people flee to neutral Holland. She was arrested, court martialed and executed in 1915, causing ‘waves if revulsion throughout the civilised world’. She was the first female commoner to have a state funeral at Westminster Abbey. She has lots of monuments dedicated to her, and quite a gruesome 1915 stamp.

But I still didn’t know why Canada chose a mountain, so I started looking at the environment, the terrain, tracks, topography and started realising that this is a fierce mountain and should not be underestimated.

My image is a topographical view of Mt Edith Cavell. The Road to Edith is illuminated in Sterling Silver Glitter. I have given some stats on the mountain so you are prepared. Smashes Treasuries Wholesaler is the what3words grid reference for the peak and the QR code will take you to the 3D view of Mt Edith Cavell.

So, you can really see how fierce the mountain is.

About Paula
I am a printmaker based in Melbourne – I explore multiple themes such as – connection to people and place, connection between people, memory, loss, desire. Sometimes I just try and look for the meditative state of being – the art just exists. I try and evoke an emotive and intellectual response with my work. I try but it is ever evolving

I became enamoured with the intrinsic language of printmaking early on, the deconstruction and reconstruction processes of making prints and the fact that at every juncture there are numerous options available. Printmaking has the ability to morph industrial techniques into a fine art images, appropriate contemporary imaging techniques, doesn’t discriminate between the photographic and autographic mark and allows the artist to move freely between all print mediums

In my art practice I have taken advantage of the permeable lines that exist between print techniques to develop my language as an artist. Dependent on the facilities available, my circumstances, my focus and intent I make etchings, screenprints, digital images, installations that include sounds and visuals, lithographs and relief work.

Link to Paula’s Art Aviso profile HERE

Paula was provided with the following page from 
Newnes’ Pictorial Knowledge Encyclopedia:

Volume 3

The story of the world and it’s peoples.
In Canada’s Greatest National park.

About this Artwork

About this artwork

For my piece, which would end up being called, Angel Glacier at Plötzensee, I received the page;
Newnes’ Pictorial Knowledge Encyclopedia
Volume 3
The story of the world and its peoples
In Canada’s Greatest National park
In the beautiful illustration, one can see Mt. Edith Cavell and Angel Glacier, in Jasper Park, Alberta Canada. Being a landscape artist of Canadian ancestry, I was thrilled to receive this image as my starting point. I chose to focus on Angel Glacier, which ultimately became a stand-in for glaciers in general. I created a large-scale, sewn fabric, interpretation of the ice behemoth, which I then photographed in three different forests, in and around Berlin, Germany. I chose one of the images and mounted it on glacial blue paper I had made myself.
The fabric piece was installed near an old cemetery next to the lake Plötzensee, in Berlin. The glacier is somewhat incongruous next to the bright yellow foliage, though intended to suggest that glaciers had been here once, too. In fact, I recall reading that Berlin was one of the furthest southern points, where glaciers could be found during the last ice age.
While making the piece I looked at old and recent photos of Mt. Edith Cavell and Angel Glacier, which has shrunk significantly. Through the handling and manipulation of traditionally craft materials like fabric and paper and photographing it in a forest, I was reflecting on humankind’s handling and manipulation of the natural environment.

About Diane

I create large and small scale fabric collages and installations, depicting forests trees and other landscapes.

I collect fabric pieces, old clothes and domestic textiles (towels, sponges, etc.) from wherever I am working on a particular project. Sometimes I use plain fabric pieces, other times I use the patterned parts. Scraps are machine sewn or glued, or sometimes both, to make painting like tapestries. With my installations, the finished fabric piece is often installed in a specific environment, such as an actual forest. Recently, Ive started to consider the photos of the fabric landscapes in actual landscapes to be the final manifestation of the work.

I am interested in environmentalism and conservation in the classical sense but also in looking at and expressing a more personal relationship with ones natural environment. I am interested in how we, as humans, interact with and view our natural environment. Do we see it as a back drop to our lives, something we visit, or an integral part of our existence?

Link to Diane’s Art Aviso profile HERE

Diane was provided with the following page from Newnes’ Pictorial Knowledge Encyclopedia:

Volume 3
The story of the world and its peoples
In Canada’s Greatest National park.