All artwork for this issue are works on paper by Bea Parson’s, who is currently based in Montreal where she is a current artist-in-resident and full-time Instructor at Concordia University. She is best known for her intuitive approach to painting, drawing and printmaking. She holds a BFA in Studio Art and Art Education from Concordia University (2010) and an MFA in Visual Art from Columbia University of New York. (2012). Bea has taught full time at the University of Texas in Austin (2013-2015) and UC Davis in California (2015-2016). In 2012, Bea was awarded an nominated grant from the Rema Hort Mann Foundation in New York. Her work has been exhibited throughout Canada and the United States.

My paintings and prints conjure symbolic imagery of the natural world as anallegory for inner states of being and consciousness. Painting and printings offer a personal mode to express populous concerns as dreams of relics, omens and apparitions fold together within precarious natural settings. The flora and fauna drift between realism and abstraction, revealing the blooming and unfolding nature of the imagination.

On a formal level, color, darkness, and light are at the heart of my subject matter. The impression of light is created through the process of removing layers of paint or ink to reveal the ground surface. Light is also produced by means of the layering of transparent paint. Both methods produce apparition-like forms that appear to curl and float above the surface, making reference to entities of a ghostly realm.

-Bea Parsons

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