‘Spirit Starving’ by Candace Twance – First Nations Woodland Art presented by DaVic Gallery of Native Canadian Arts
Condition: No condition noted.
Description by Artist: “Spirit Starving” is a nod to Edvard Munch’s “the scream” – it’s a bit about anxiety but also a person who is suffering. They are connected to life energy, or maybe they are releasing the negative energy, OR receiving healing, as denoted by the marks around the figure, in the background etc. This is an earlier work but I love the meaning behind it. It will be hard to part with it, actually. Being that it is an early work, you can see the beginnings of some of my style of mark making, the circles within circles, the lines & “V” shapes which are echoed in my work presently. It’s painted in a “naive” style that is, unrefined, to add to its expressive quality.
Notes from DaVic Gallery: Strong, expressive, full of energy, connecting the viewer with her inner state. Sense of desperation comes to mind and body when looking at this painting, and though it is inspired from Munch’s scream, the pain experienced in Spirit Starving is a scream in disbelief knowing that what has been lost will not be recovered. Interestingly, Candace experiences, in lesser way probably, a sense of anxiety departing from this painting as Munch did when separating of “his children” as he referred to his paintings.