Marilyn Kutsukake, Bad Crow, watercolour, 18 x 18 cm, $350
1. Tell us about the artwork you have in the VAM 2011 Juried Show.
Bad Crow is a composition depicting a turning point or cross-over into a more flexible, insightful personal expression. A crow brings a message of reality and intuition teaching us to know ourselves beyond the limitations of convention.
The dark heavy weight of the crow picking at the graceful, daintiness of a boudoir chair seems “bad”, but actually results in an unraveling of the constraints which encircle us.
Hence, bad crow is only bad at first glance.
2. How and when did you first become interested in creating art?
Painting for me has been an ongoing process which over the years has become a full-time occupation.
3. What do you think of the art scene in Mississauga? Where do you see it heading in the next ten years?
I think the Mississauga art community is truly capturing and reflecting the diverse cultural background of our city, which makes the art show and the many interesting art courses and workshops offered here very exciting.
4. What advice would you give young people who want to become artists?
If someone were seriously considering pursuing an art career, I feel that perseverance and a confidence in what you have to offer (even if not always well-received) is very important in cultivating your own creative essence.
5. What do you have lined up after the VAM Juried Show? For people interested in finding more of your artwork, do you have a website, blog, Twitter account or gallery?
Having been involved with contract work for many years, I look forward to devoting more time participating in art shows and the art community.
See Marilyn Kutsukake’s Bad Crow at the Art Gallery of Mississauga in the VAM 33rd Annual Juried Show until February 26th.
Voting for People’s Choice Award ongoing until February 26th. Ballots available at Gallery reception.