Happiness, 16x20", 1998
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are inspired by my heritage, my experience as a woman artist and my
I paint in various techniques* and draw my subjects from traditional
symbols, poetry, and my rock garden. I am a pacifist and through
my art wish to put emphasis on the importance of understanding, empathy,
respect and love towards humanity, nature and all living creatures on
Acrylic, oil, egg tempera, watercolour, mixed media, collage and,
This is a memory chest
in which family and others are featured (done with acrylic gel transfers
and painting; built like a medicine cabinet with the help of my friend
Lance Wood.) It was done in 2000 during an installation class with
David Moore at Concordia. This was a result of a comment I
received from Laurel Smith (David Moore's teaching assistant at that
time) that my miniature series "Shelved Memories"
are not really
The statement for my work that year was:
Memories are kept with things,
which evoke feelings.
And even the sense of touch, sound and smell.
Used items which one hangs on to, Are like shelved-away postcards from
Lace figures frequently in my work. I painted lace within my sets of
miniatures, used it to imprint on plates, for etching, Collography,
monoprint and collage. Lace is a symbol of a woman's life. Until the
early 20th century, women were assigned to domestic life. The art that
they created, namely embroidery, crochet, lace and sometimes
watercolours, was not considered high art. Yet, some of these creations
are magnificent compositions.... and what's more, they are generally
useful and long lasting (even from generation to generation). Women
spent lonely hours spent on caring for others and seeing the results
dissipate into daily life... Lace, on the other hand, was an artistic
expression of women as a creative outlet while preparing something
useful, which will last. So was embroidery. This plate was etched in
the soft wax technique, with 4 layers: a lace made by my Aunt Yadwiga,
two embroidered handkerchiefs, and a piece of a necklace silver chain.
The lace in this piece is made to look like a window into the serenity
of a private inner sanctity...or an opening for better days. I once
told my teacher at an Installation that I would like to incorporate
embroidery into my art. My teacher, David Moore, said: "All your work
looks like embroidery Ilania."
This is the
Book of Esther
Instead of a Queen Esther, it is the top model in a 20th century
fashion house (This set was sold). At the same time, I made another
set of 4 larger paintings done in egg emulsion, with this story. One
day I shall find the time to write the story down.)
A set of 7 small paintings
(14 1/2 x 19 cm each)
in egg tempera
Tree - 2001
Silk Screen (3 layers plus a monoprint, done with watercolour
sticks, over it ) 57 x 37 cm - 5 generations of my family, Starting
with my father's school report from Vienna, my paternal grandmother and
her parents concluding with my brother's wedding day, with the symbolic
glass that the groom has to crash. The music notes are my paternal
grandfather's composition for a wedding (the 7 blessings) the last layer
of flowers is the memory I have of the (Russian) embroidered piano-cover
that was used for the "Chuppa"
(Canopy held over the
couple at a Jewish wedding).
1995/96 I said most of it with flowers, even did paintings that were
images formed by a mosaic of flowers. Then I moved on to dreamy
(surrealistic) images in blue. These, surprisingly enough sold.
(Left: Friday Night's Dream,
Acrylic on canvas, 1997, 70 cm x 100 cm
Right: Friday Evening,
canvas, 1997, 40 cm x 50 cm. (Not available)
1996 I started painting the village of Morin Heights in my own style,
which some people said it reminds them of Chagall. The public
accepted these and they are gone!
on canvas, 50 cm x 40
Right: Morin Heights and St. Sauveur 1997,
Set of 2,
acrylic on canvas, 120 cm x 45 cm.
- 2000, an installation in my garden (since destroyed) of 11 Clementine
boxes painted in oil, telling the story of creation of the world in 7
days. The first one (not seen here, was all dark). The last one on the
left had a Menorah, a Challa bread and a wine goblet for welcoming the
Shabbat. Now I paint new ones every year.
1998, oil, 3 1/2 ft x 2 1/2 ft, (sold) the flowers in my garden painted 'plein
air', Ichenatia, Irish-Eyes Rudbekia and Phlox,
all perennial flowers that come back every year to enchant everybody.
The phlox emit a perfume, the Irish Eyes are smiling and the
Ichenatia provides remedy. It was sold. I had my paintings hanging
in a popular Steak House up north. Alphie the owner, sold it,
and was sorry he did not buy it himself. So he took a shot of it and
asked me to paint another one for him.
first little landscape painted at the house I live in
near at Lake,
standing by my kitchen counter, November 1993, acrylic on paper.
and dimensions artwork may be slightly different from the original.