Phyllis Gordon: Daily Breath

Phyllis Gordon, Lichens (Cladonia stellaris), Liner pen on Kurotani paper, 15” x 20”, 2022

Daily Breath | Phyllis Gordon

April 20 – May 8, 2022
Propeller Gallery, Toronto

Gallery Hours: Wed – Sun, 1:00 – 5:30
Artist Present: Sundays, April 24, May 1, May 8

The drawings in this exhibition were created during the two years I was isolated and indoors due to Covid-19. The exhibit includes three series of work. The earliest are the houseplant drawings, bringing my plein air practice indoors. These were a welcome sign that my health was returning after my early bout with Covid. The tulip drawings followed. The Tulip Story is a personal and public metaphor about the Covid experience.

The lichen drawings are the beginning of a new investigation inspired by my reading during recent months. Lichens are ubiquitous, ancient and a significant challenge to the Western classification paradigm of the natural world. A union of differences, they exemplify complexity, collaboration, symbiosis, and the absence of binary hierarchies. And, lichens are marvellously intricate and beautiful.

Phyllis Gordon, Lichens (Cladonia deformis), Liner pen on Kurotani paper, 15” x 20”, 2022

Phyllis Gordon is a member of Propeller Art Gallery, Open Studio Contemporary Printmaking Centre and Print London. She holds a B.A., McGill University (1967), a Bac. d’enseignement dans les arts plastiques, UQAM (1973), an LLB, York University (1977), and a Fine Arts Graduate Certificate, Fleming College, Haliburton (2014).

Her work has been shown in solo, two-person and group exhibitions in Ontario, including Visual Arts Mississauga, Satellite Project Space (London), Artworks Oakville, and the Women Artists’ Association of Canada, Propeller Art Gallery and John B. Aird Gallery in Toronto. Her work is included in several private collections.

Phyllis Gordon, Lichens (Flavoparmelia), Liner pen on Taniai Nezu Tsuchi paper, 15” x 20”, 2022

Propeller Gallery
30 Abell Street, Toronto, ON M6J 0A9