Culture Crawl Artist Spotlight: Louise Solecki Weir
Crawl Artist and Modo Member Louise Solecki Weir
Louise Solecki Weir is one of 447 local artists displaying their work at the annual Eastside Culture Crawl. From November 19–22, the 19th annual Crawl will turn East Van into a huge visual arts, design and crafts festival. We’re proud to be a continuing sponsor for this celebration of local talent and are excited to see what the artists have in store for us this year.
First time at the Crawl
This is my first time participating! I am excited to be showing in the new Acme Studios together with 16 other artists. I will display some of the portraits I have created for an exhibition called “Portraits of Recovery” for which I sculpted people recovering from mental illness, along with other work.
Portraits of Recovery
The art of classical portraiture almost always seems to deal with society’s heroes. So these sitters, with their stories of tragedy, deprivation and survival and humour made a compelling exhibition. The subjects themselves felt uplifted by the portraits and I heard the term “being immortalized” many times. With this in mind I attempted to “capture the gaze” of the subjects, occasionally being startled myself at the power of the pieces to capture the dignity of some of our community’s very marginalized people.
More of my work
This project indirectly led to a contract with the Catholic Church to make a public monument. This fifteen-foot statue of St. John Paul II was sculpted in my Downtown Eastside studio and can now be seen on the corner of 33rdand Willow. The maquette is still on display at my studio.
My Modo experience
As parents of four young adults, our family does keep a car, and a flock of bicycles, however, Modo still comes in so very handy. We book a Modo van for a family vacation or use a nearby truck for some heavy moving. My husband and I can usually lay hands on a car at the spur of the moment and can book ahead for those occasions when we know we need an extra vehicle — there is a great selection of Modos within walking distance to our home. We really appreciate the advantages of being members! – Louise Solecki Weir