Other artists acclaim work
Here’s what some of the province’s most prominent artists and writers have had to say about Where Genesis Begins
It has always seemed to me that Tom Dawe and Gerald Squires share an underlying vision - a juxtapositioning of longing for the vanished inhabitants of this place with a holy awe for the land itself - that unpeopled world of volcanic rock and wild alder - a world without us. In addition to giving a remarkable overview of the work of these two creative geniuses, Where Genesis Begins provides us with the opportunity to explore the many threads that connect their work.
-Bernice Morgan, author of Random Passage, Waiting for Time and Cloud of Bone
To have the quiet wisdom carried in Tom Dawe’s finely crafted poems in complex conversation with Gerald Squires’ powerfully inscaped paintings: the overtones are endless. The reader/viewer is left with a sense of a new found land found over and over again. To recall a similarly inspired collaboration, I have to reach back to the seventies, when Ted Hughes connected with Leonard Baskin. As Stan Dragland says in his Afterword, it’s a force field. This is a conversation to be cherished.
-Don McKay, poet and winner of the Governor General’s Award and the Griffin Poetry Prize
For those of us born and raised on this island, in this Province of Newfoundland and Labrador, hard-wired into its weathers, tides and history, the combination of Tom Dawe and Gerry Squires resonates like fish and brewis - not necessarily in that order.
-Christopher Pratt, one of Canada’s most prominent painters and printmakers, and author of A Painter’s Poems
These pages are both sumptuous and pristine in design. The writing is superb and makes Where Genesis Begins more than an art book (not that it is not a lovely art book), but also a definite analysis of these artists’ work.
-Joan Sullivan, The Telegram