Other artists ac­claim work

The Compass - - OPINION -

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

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