Professionally framed drawing.
The house in
which I spent a good ten years of my childhood was built up top a hill rolling down to the Ausable
River. This river twists and turns, and eventually spills into Lake Huron. I considered how connected
my family’s actions were to that freshwater lake. A lake that happens to be the primary freshwater
source for our town, and the surrounding towns. This lake is the very nourishment of each of my
friends, families and neighbours lives. It is the water they drink, wash, and play in. It fulfills our basic
need.The downstream effects of my daily behaviours rolled with the rains right into the corridors that spill
into the lake that feeds us.The relationships we have with one another also have downstream effects. The words I speak today in
the ears of my sister seep out into the language she uses with my mother, or the thoughts I share with
my mother wash into the tasks she prepares in the months ahead. My little river of transgressions ebb
and flow into the corridors to the lake that is the lives of those around me.
With this sense of connection, pathways, and trails I began to consider the emotional language of
“They cause our deepest emotions to gather and flow near the surface.” (For the Love of Rivers, Kurt
Length/Depth: 16 in
Width: 2 in
Height: 20 in
Length/Depth: 17 in
Width: 3 in
Height: 21 in
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Autumn Rodges-Ducharme is a multi-disciplinary artist working predominantly in drawing and printmaking. Her work values healthy habitats and illustrations of home. She attended BealArt (2017), NSCAD (2021) and studied environmental sustainability at Dalhousie in 2019. Her series entitled Water Marks (2020) eases downstream impacts of human consumption using inks made with materials from her homes in Huron County, Ontario. Autumn is the recipient of the Grand bend Aquafest Award (2014), London Embroider’s Guild Award (2017), and exhibits across Southwestern Ontario and Nova Scotia.