Featuring the work of:
wood block prints
hand spun weaving
Dark Ages Re-creation Company
& Steve White
painting & drawing
Catherine VamVakas Lay
Steven Strang paints, draws, and also carves bone, antler, and wood.
His pieces are in private collections in Canada, the USA, Europe, Australia,
and Latin America; and have also been acquired by Parks Canada and by
the Smithsonian Institution.
“ At first, the concept of this show raised two questions for me:
what would I want buried with myself, and why would I do so? This led
to thinking about grave goods in the context of resurrection, remembrance,
'Stag in Leaf'
acrylic on panel
One of the reasons for grave goods, is to supply the deceased with
the things he or she will need in their new life. This practice
is an expression of beliefs in the dead living again in another
way. This painting is an expression of such of ideas of resurrection
and rebirth. The stag has long been used as a symbol of resurrection,
since it sheds and regrows its antlers every year just as a tree
sheds and regrows its leaves. This stag is shown crowned with the
spring leaves of new life, although standing in a late autumn landscape.
'The King in his Tomb'
pen and ink on paper
This drawing is an exploration into what a modern king might be
buried with, in the manner of the Pharaohs and kings of old who
were buried with their hoards of goods. In his chamber tomb this
king is buried among his acquisitions, or perhaps he is buried by
Steve allowed this image to be used in the promotion of Grave
'Urn for a Pet Ferret'
carved bone, with wood and brass
The shape of this bone inspired its function, as an urn for a long
sinuous animal. The carving, in the Jellinge style of Old Norse
art, represents the ferret in life. So the piece acts both as a
container for the animal's ashes, and also as a reminder of its
vitality and agility in life.