Propeller Member Since 2016
Phyllis Gordon’s practice in drawing and printmaking is informed by her personal experience of nature and the urgent risks facing the earth including humankind as a result of climate crisis. Her practice is inspired by significant time spent by the water and in the forests, walking in the burnt regions among the bare trunks and new growth, taking photographs, in the presence of continual transformation and movement.
She has exhibited in group, two-person and solo shows in Ontario, including Visual Arts Mississauga, Satellite Project Space, London, Artworks Oakville, Colborne Art Gallery, Propeller Art Gallery and the John. B. Aird Gallery, Toronto. She is a member of Propeller Gallery and Open Studio Printmaking Centre, Toronto.
I have been working in drawing, carving and printmaking for a number of years, combining attentive observation with an environmental focus. I have explored the beauty of trees and the remains of forest fires. More recently I have been caught by the movement of water and wind. I often draw en plein air but also work from the photos I regularly take, recording the time spent and fixing the experience in memory. Recently I started using collage as a way of magnifying the drawings and the prints to more fully elaborate the complexity of the subject. But often during the isolation of the pandemic I have simply drawn what I see before me, regaining a way to focus attention and record my presence. (June 2021)