Falcon Residency

Artists in the cabins » Alerry Lavitt

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Our December artist in residence was Winnipeg-based award-winning artist Allery Lavitt. Her current work explores natural landscapes and constructed environments that stir up subtle emotion and invite the mind to relax. During her stay in the Merganser cabin Lavitt worked on both oil landscape pieces and on a mixed media project creating emotive bowls made from repurposed fur.

Here's what Allery had to say about her time spent at the resort:


My Falcon Trail residency projects are reflections and explorations on human experience,  and connecting these with the spirit of the boreal and coastal forests. 

Some time ago, I had the inspiration to make containers - bowls- out of fur.  The bowls would not  be usable bowls for storing items, but would house less solid things.  Their purpose is to house emotions! A place to put joy, anger, frustration, grief, confusion, bliss, wonder, all the feelings that overflow from our bodies and feel so much larger than life.  The sensuality and natural power of fur attracted me so strongly, and the concept of tapping into the essence, mythology, strength and power of the creatures I was working with gave the project solidity.  

During the residency I played with patterns and design for building small scale bowls, with a goal to make them on a large scale for future use.  

As I was working, I meditated on my materials.  Holding repurposed wolf, bear, coyote and fox in my hands, feeling them, I realized that these furs were literally pieces of the boreal forest.  We are so attracted to fur for its beauty, wildness and sensuality, and forget where it really comes from, and the lives of its creatures.  As I worked spontaneously, I began to make little abstractions of the forest.  In my own small way, conceptually bringing the essence of the animals back into their full circle of creation.  Perhaps it is a way to show respect for the land and its creatures.  I love the idea of returning them, in a small way, back to the same boreal forest that they once lived in, now becoming a part of a record of the forest’s beauty and wildness. 

The third project as part of this residency was to develop paintings from a 7 day backcountry hike of the West Coast Trail I did in the Pacific Rim National Park in Fall 2017.  Based on photographs taken during the hike, the smaller paintings are studies for a larger scale series of the trail and the amazing forests and oceans of coastal BC.

Thank you to Emily for this opportunity to develop my work in such a perfect setting, and for the gift of free, unfettered creative time that every artist so deeply needs!  That is where the magic happens :)

A big thank you to Allery for coming out to the resort and sharing her art with us. You can check out more of Allery's projects at her website: alerrylavitt.com