KARI DUKE

"There is beauty in the inconsistencies of the alley; nothing is straight, it is a natural setting where the poles are leaning, and Mother Nature and time have had a say in how everything appears."
ARTIST'S STATEMENT - CURRICULUM VITAE - IMAGES
 
My work is a documentation of post war Canadian neighborhoods. My artistic expression is a celebration of the back alley, our history, and the nostalgia associated with them. My paintings are symbolic of a gentler time, one that was safe, and one that was conducive to socially interactive neighborhoods where children were encouraged to be outside, discovering and learning with their peers.
 
There is beauty in the inconsistencies of the alley; nothing is straight, it is a natural setting where the poles are leaning, and Mother Nature and time have had a say in how everything appears. The heaves have changed the landscape such that all bends with her. It lacks the sterile appearance of our newer neighborhoods. My subject matter is within three miles of my home. I am inspired by these old neighborhoods and feel especially motivated by sunlight and shadows, the play of light on the commonplace beauty that is found in these old alleys. I enjoy capturing the season when the trees are naked, without the refinement of their leaves…their form is beautiful…they move with such grace as the wind plays with the lights and shadows, casting shapes on the buildings that surround them.