D. WITTENBOLS
installation view WAS biennale 2016Installation view of Stopping By Woods Exhibtion curated by Patrick Macauley at The Toronto Harbourfront Centre SOUVENIR [Never Been to Banff]SOUVENIR [Brown Fog]SOUVENIR [Virgin Mary on the Rocks]SOUVENIR [Bad Fog of Loneliness]SOUVENIR [Pine Away]SOUVENIR [The Loss of Looking Forward]SOUVENIR [I Don't Miss U Here] 
diptych
private collectionSOUVENIR [I Don't Miss U Here Either]
diptych
private collectionSOUVENIR [Two Sides of the Mountain]SOUVENIR [On the Rocks]

private collectionSOUVENIR [Island Fever]SOUVENIR [Whirlwind]SOUVENIR [Sever]SOUVENIR [The Loss of Looking Forward v.II]

private collectionSOUVENIR [Hideaway]SOUVENIR [Limbo v.II]SOUVENIR [Solitarious]SOUVENIR [Lost Paradise]SOUVENIR [On the Rocks v.II]SOUVENIR [Threesome]SOUVENIR [Limbo]SOUVENIR [Circus vs. Solo]SOUVENIR [Pine Away v.III]SOUVENIR [Pine Away v.IV]SOUVENIR [The Loss of Looking Forward v.III]SOUVENIR [Getaway Hideaway]SOUVENIR [The Painters' Past]studio view of the Souvenir seriesInstallation view of Stopping By Woods Exhibtion curated by Patrick Macauley at The Toronto Harbourfront CentreInstallation view of Stopping By Woods Exhibtion curated by Patrick Macauley at The Toronto Harbourfront Centre
Souvenir
Cancer & Canada are the initial impetus behind the Souvenir series. During a recent artist residency on the Toronto Islands I wanted to reconnect to the country where I grew up, through working from the landscape. Meanwhile -on the mainland- my best friend was lying in a hospital fighting the battle of his life.

Looking at fallen trees and tree stumps, I begin each painting in a formal way and then create a landscape within these formations from the woods. Some are quite abstract or take on bodily, organ-like shapes. Others seem to form a shelter, in an attempt to keep it -the landscape- together.

Sometimes a palm replaces a pine, as if referencing a memorable vacation spot, maybe the only way I now connect with Canada - a souvenir of the past. These landscapes could be anywhere, and are perhaps more about heartache and the loss of looking forward.
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