DR. REGINA COUPAR
BA, MTS, D.Min
Doctoral dissertation available online or by downloading the pdf. file from the University of Toronto T-Space. Here's the Link!
THE MINISTRY OF ART
Painting was my first love. At sixteen I would borrow my father’s pickup,
drive to secluded locations and sit on the tailgate as I painted waterfalls and Dutch elm trees. Art and I had a simple relationship then; I responded to natural beauty with no expectations beyond mere gratification offered by the act of painting.
Now, as I try to come to grips with my mother’s descent into Alzheimer’s disease, I return to the simplicity of that relationship to help me from falling
into the darkness of depression that can slowly but steadily squeeze the joy from life. Art is healing; it reminds me there is still beauty in the world.
Painting the landscape restores my ability to see it.
Many of the textile pieces in this exhibition were created while passing time with my mother. Her mother taught me to knit and crochet and this kind of work sometimes provides a point of contact for shared memory.
"What are you doing?"
"Mama loved to crochet."
"Yes she did, I remember."