Paul Roorda • The Artist's Life (Series 2)

Paul Roorda • The Artists Life (Series 2)

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Part of The Artist's Life series

Paul Roorda's mixed media portraits are created using natural and discarded materials such as snake skin, ash, earth, salt, brick dust, iron filings, egg shells, tea and hair. Spirituality informs Roorda's creative process; he focuses particularly on the modern approach to ritual given the rejection of traditional religion. Some of his best-known pieces have included family portraits that re-interpret biblical characters and a series of self-portraits as Samson, Lazarus, Adam, the Serpent and Jesus. Works by this Kitchener, Ontario artist also includes abstracts, still life and landscapes.

At work in his studio, he demonstrates the ritual involved in creating one his mixed media pieces, preserving rust filings in carefully tied paper parcels that are dipped in beeswax and painstakingly assembled.


Titles included in this series:

Harold Klunder
Badanna Zack
Jeff Winch
Sarah Jane Gorlitz
Peter Rotter
Kathy Vatcher
Ian Lazarus
Tim Whiten
Claire Weissman Wilks
Gretta Gibney
David Urban
Karen Azoulay

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