Faces in the deep and darkest woods, a ghostly haunting of coastal energy vanished in the still of the branches. Ages danced into the stirring press of waves. Totems and timbers and time, all ancient, full of chanting wisdom and a memory deeper than ancestral tribal tales. Fiercely as if beckoned by their whispers, shared of branch and breeze, Emily roams into the carved smiles of history and wonders how to paint their eyes and their ancestral stories with the same uncivilized brush. In the presence of the towering forest she an obedient yet unrelated messenger. We should then speak commonly of the mighty things that humble us. We should then speak often of forceful timbers carved by the hands of time lost and the silent artist consumed by her place in the living relics.Christine Falk © 2010
Emily Carr (December 13, 1871 – March 2, 1945) was a Canadian artist and writer heavily inspired by the indigenous peoples of the Pacific Northwest Coast. One of the first painters in Canada to adopt a modernist and post-impressionist painting style, Carr did not receive widespread recognition for her work until later in her life. As she matured, the subject matter of her painting shifted from aboriginal themes to landscapes, and in particular, forest scenes. As a writer, Carr was one of the earliest chroniclers of life in British Columbia.