Rebecca Last's studio is located on the south-east shore of Rice Lake. Situated in a drumlin field at the northern boundary of Northumberland County, the lake has been the subject of historic literature and belief. Noted in Champlain's journals and thought sacred by the Mississauga of the area it is a body of water that is known for its ever changing and sometimes fickle personality.
What began over six years ago as the artist's observations of the changing nature of the view from her window has evolved from a record of the visual changes in the sky, water surface and land formation to a journal of the emotional relationship that has developed between the artist and her intimate understanding of the view from her studio. The moods of the lake are blended with the thoughts and moods of the artist. Her most recent work in this series of paintings reflects a more abstract expression of Rebecca's larger thoughts, emotions and concerns.
Throughout the body of work, from the earliest to the most recent paintings, there is the presence of light and colour. These flow much as the lake in front of her window flows. Ever moving, ever changing.
Across the Lake; Studies in Light and Energy Exhibition Literature Dorette Carter, Director, Art Gallery of Northumberland 2008
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