Bau-Xi Vancouver is delighted to exhibit the latest work from Vancouver artist Bobbie Burgers. This series, entitled Alchemy will be on display from Sept 13th to Sept 26th, 2013.
There are many laws of alchemy, but the first and most important one is the fact that everything has life and every life is part of something.
For painter Bobbie Burgers the lifecycle, beauty and existence of flora and fauna in the natural world are nothing short of magical. Likewise, the process of painting- mixing colours and integrating light and shadow, also create endless mysterious and unpredictable results.
To Burgers, this idea is liberating. “When you look at all the wondrous things happening around us, like seeds and water and soil creating a flower, I think anything can happen.” In Alchemy, she explores how nature incorporates light and shadows to form new colours. She executes this into brilliant yellows and sage greens in her paintings of Okanagan hills and lush floral arrangements.
Like the alchemical process, painting also is an ancient technique, observes Burgers. “Alchemists dreamt of transforming base metals into gold. I dream of turning paint into happiness.” Burgers’ hope is to provoke memories and transport the viewer to the sights and scents of summer. “I wanted these works to bottle up the essence of summer, to keep the warm - the soft breeze, the smell of dry grasses, the feel of sandy feet - all in a small little vial to be worn around ones neck during the long nights of winter. There to be uncorked and deeply inhaled every now and then.”