It is the luminous quality in Mary Pratt’s paintings that I find so captivating. The light source is in the painting, not something outside of it.
We might measure our lives in hours and years but light is a whole other world.
Trying to capture how the light moves across the door, by the time the camera is in hand the experience is over, or watching the shadows of the trees move across the fence – bingo – where did that cloud come from?
I cannot fathom how she can capture those few seconds in time – but this might be a clue.
“I just refused to be educated,’ she says, wryly. “The world of art escapes me,” she smiles. “The world of life does not.” 1)
1) Quoted from the Toronto Star Sunday January 19, 2014 Article by Murray Whyte. Mary Pratt is having a retrospective at the McMichael Canadian Art Collection