isabella francesco
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shore 1

beach stones, graphite, pencil crayon & thread on raw canvas (in shadow box)

8.5 in. x 20.5 in.

These stones were found on a pebble beach on the shore of Lake Ontario. They were gathered by handfuls in a small act of resource extraction. It wasn't until I got them into the studio and started to sort them that I started to appreciate the interesting variety of shapes and the subtle range of colour from gray to brown, cool to warm. When I began to attach them to the raw canvas, it became obvious that each one required very specific treatment, a particular way that the thread needed to encircle each stone to hold it. As I was doing this, I was thinking that it's almost as if each small stone has a will demanding that it be treated a certain way. It wasn't a big leap for me to think about nature's will and the planet's need to be treated in a particular way... kind of to stay stitched together!