In Elisabeth Bacque's new series, Pioneer Women and Paper Patchwork, she departs from traditional painting in oils and acrylics to use collage and mixed media to celebrate the courage and achievements of thirteen Canadian women pioneers of the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. Inspired by early patchwork quilts with their intricate and colourful patterns, she uses paper images, birch bark, old letters, journals, maps and recipes instead of fabric to tell their fascinating stories.
Elisabeth Bacque was born in Toronto but now lives in Penetanguishene on the shores of the Georgian Bay. After taking her degree in Art and Archaeology at the U of T, she guided tours at the Art Gallery of Ontario, and for many years enjoyed teaching high school Visual Arts in North York. Her paintings have been exhibited in galleries around Ontario and her work is in collections in Canada, the United States, France and the Bahamas.
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