The artwork of Canadian artist Karen Yurkovich speaks to me in tongues both ancient and modern. I see allusions to the likes of Maria Sibyalla Merian, Dutch still lives and the macabre of vanitas.
But there's also a palette that's wholly expressive, with gem-like qualities, and a suspended point of view that feels startling and slightly surreal. Still, more than either ancient or modern, there's timelessness in the syntax of her paintings, each one a fable.
The palette of these three works speak to my present mood and our current season, but please visit her portfolio to appreciate the full depth of her work. In Toronto, her work can be seen at Bau-Xi.