Wendy Trusler | Dancing in a Northern Kitchen
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Chapter 1 – Getting There

Encaustic, oil stick, dry pigment, photographs and paper on hinged mahogany-ply panels backed with burlap and leather on a floating shelf

10″ x 72″

Private Collection

Chapter 2 – Breakfast

Encaustic, oil stick, dry pigment, photographs and paper on hinged mahogany-ply panels backed with burlap and leather on a floating shelf

10″ x 72″

Chapter 2a – Breakfast into Lunch

Encaustic, oil stick, dry pigment, photographs and paper on hinged mahogany-ply panels backed with burlap and leather on a floating shelf

10″ x 32″

Private Collection

Chapter 3 – Baking – Yeast Breads

Encaustic, oil stick, dry pigment, photographs and paper on hinged mahogany-ply panels backed with burlap and leather on a floating shelf

10″ x 72″

Chapter 3a– Baking – Quick Breads & Muffins

Encaustic, oil stick, dry pigment, photographs and paper on hinged mahogany-ply panels backed with burlap and leather on a floating shelf

10″ x 72″

Chapter 4 – Soups

Encaustic, oil stick, dry pigment, photographs and paper on hinged mahogany-ply panels backed with burlap and leather on a floating shelf

10″ x 72″

Chapter 5 – Salads

Encaustic, oil stick, dry pigment, photographs and paper on hinged mahogany-ply panels backed with burlap and leather on a floating shelf

10″ x 72″

Chapter 7 – Mains – Meat, Poultry & Fish

Encaustic, oil stick, dry pigment, photographs and paper on hinged mahogany-ply panels backed with burlap and leather on a floating shelf

10″ x 72″

Chapter 8 – Mains – Grains & Pasta

Encaustic, oil stick, dry pigment, photographs and paper on hinged mahogany-ply panels backed with burlap and leather on a floating shelf

10″ x 48″

Chapter 10 – Vegetarian Mains & Sides II

Encaustic, oil stick, dry pigment, photographs and paper on hinged mahogany-ply panels backed with burlap and leather on a floating shelf
10″ x 56″

Chapter 13 – Menu Plans

Encaustic, oil stick, dry pigment, photographs and paper on hinged mahogany-ply panels backed with burlap and leather on a floating shelf

10″ x 88″

Dancing In a Northern Kitchen

1995-2003

 

17 mixed media bookworks —encaustic, oil stick, dry pigment, photographs and paper on hinged mahogany-ply panels backed with burlap and leather—on floating shelves

 

What can be rekindled by a smell, a taste or by the simple act of making?

 

Dancing in a Northern Kitchen was inspired by many seasons spent cooking for tree-planters in remote areas of Ontario, Alberta and British Columbia. Using the accordion bookwork form, I set out to examine the connections between cooking, art and dance. I also wanted to honour the layers of experience that are folded into the pages of a cookbook to suggest that time, place and people are as integral to recipes and good cooking as ingredients. In each piece, recipes and menu plans, dance steps, images and photographs are organized in chapters and layered in encaustic wax to bring to mind stories, reminiscences and rhythms of the everyday.

 

Exhibition History:

Niagara Artists Company/Centre, St Catharines, ON, 2003

Rails End Gallery and Arts Centre, Haliburton, ON, 2008

Visual Arts Centre of Clarington, Bowmanville, ON, 2009

 

Photo Credits: Wayne Eardley

 

 

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