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ILLUMINATION: Portraits of Canadian Literature - Crystal Sculptures


The ILLUMINATION exhibition, a collection of photographic author portraits and crystal sculptures by renowned artist Mark Raynes Roberts, is happening in Toronto this month. In my previous article about ILLUMINATION, I shared some of the author portraits that can be seen at the Portraits of Canadian Authors exhibit. Today, I would like to share some of the crystal art sculptures that will be on display at the Portraits of Canadian Literature exhibit, the literary passages that inspired each piece, and the craftsmanship that goes into each one. 


THE STONE CARVERS - Jane Urquhart
The passage which inspired the sculpture:
"And then later, more carefully, until she believed
her body, the candlelight and the walls of the
tunnels were all turning water, and that she might
drown in herself, in him." 


 CAT’S EYE – Margaret Atwood
The passage which inspired the sculpture:
“Time is not a line but a dimension, like the
dimensions of space. If you can bend space you can
bend time also, and if you knew enough and could
move faster than light you could travel backward
in time and exist in two places at once.”


ANTHEM - Leonard Cohen
The passage which inspired the sculpture:
"That's how the light gets in."


A COMPLICATED KINDNESS - Miriam Toews
The passage which inspired the sculpture:
"She lived in her head and that's why it glowed."

Mark Raynes Roberts hand-engraved each piece using two techniques: a stippling technique that dates back to the 17th century and deep intaglio diamond wheel-engraving. Each of the 12 literary passages that inspired the 12 pieces of crystal art were chosen by the Writers Trust Advisory Board. The chosen passages are based on the theme of light. The luminous crystal pieces portray the authors' words in a medium that allows the observer to revisit the literary passages with renewed imagination. 

The 12 crystal sculptures in the Portraits of Canadian Literature exhibit will be on display at the Gardiner Museum in Toronto from October 26th to November 11th, 2015.

The 150 Canadian author portraits in the accompanying Portraits of Canadian Authors exhibit is on display at the following venues: 
Toronto Reference Library: Oct 11-Nov 1, 2015
International Festival of Authors, Harbourfront Centre: Oct 22-Nov 1, 2015 

More information on the author portraits is available here. For complete details, and to learn more about the talented artist and photographer behind these works, please visit Mark Raynes Roberts' website, Raynes Illumination.  

ILLUMINATION is proudly sponsored by Truefitt & Hill, IZEA, and Kacaba









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