MELISSA MERCIER

Words By Donna – Exhibition Day

Today is the reception day of my exhibition at Maison Taché in Quebec. So many of my wonderful french friends that I haven’t seen in years will be attending, which makes this even more exciting.  I can’t wait to let you know how everything goes!

The featured piece today is Irrational Fear Of Confined Spaces 1 and Donna Partridge who is the manager at the Vancouver Art Gallery, rental and sales has offered these words to accompany the image. Donna is a very special person in my life as she has been an early believer in my work. She has opened the door to many opportunities and introduced me to so many wonderful artists. It’s been amazing to learn from her experience and to bend her ear with all of my questions. Donna has chosen a poem by Wendell Berry to describe this piece.

Ciao
Melissa

When despair grows in me
and I wake in the middle of the night
at the least sound in fear of what my life
and my children’s lives may be,

I go and lie down where the wood drake
rests in his beauty on the water,
and the great heron feeds.

I come into the peace of wild things
who do not tax their lives with forethought
of grief. I come into the presence of still water.
And I feel above me the day-blind stars
waiting for their light.

For a time I rest
in the grace of the world,
and am free.


the peace of wild things

Wendell Berry

 

1 comment
  1. marina shoff says: August 19, 201111:53 am

    Such an amazingly beautiful & touching poem and so perfect for this piece. The combination of the two, is profound. Thanks for sharing!

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