Many, many years ago I produced a painting titled Let’s Talk which featured two women hanging over their back fence talking to each other. They were from vastly different backgrounds. I don’t have an image of the painting to share but the message still rings very strongly in my mind. So much so that last night I dreamt I was back lecturing at the university and when asked what I was going to speak about I said words!
Conversation Sculpture by William McElcheran, donated in 1981, Calgary, Trip Advisor
Today when I was writing the blog I realised the words I was delivering in my dream were not profound or political, designed to change the world. They were the common place words we use with each other - in our families, neighbourhood, shopping centre: a hello, how are you? how's the family? Let’s Talk: no less, no more.
On the train, tram, bus. (The Subway by Lily Furedi (oil on canvas), created in 1934 for the U.S. Public Works of Art Project.Credit: Wikipedia)
When out walking with a child.
(Walking and Talking by Jim Gerkin Credit: Pixels)
When catching up with friends.
(Conversation by Kaethe Bealer. Credit: Pixels)
Don't worry if not everyone is interested in what you have to say. (Conversation by Sandor Nyilasy. Credit: Ocean's Bridge)
In the shopping centre. (Let Me Tell You, watercolor painting of two men talking politics by Judy Buswell. Credit: judybuswell.com)
At a party. Don't sit in a corner by yourself wishing you were at home reading a book.
(The Conversation by George Bell. Credit: Culture Victoria)
Outside, sitting on the grass. (Conversation by Paul Gauguin. Credit: reproductionsart.com)
And especially with your loved ones because often they are the ones that miss out on the ordinary talk of life. (Conversation by Pierre-Auguste Renoir. Credit: Arts Heaven)
I'll leave you with a statue that is a little more controversial than what I have been suggesting because don't forget the Power of Words.
The Women are Persons sculpture, created by Barbara Paterson, is a tribute to the famous five Alberta women who fought and won the battle to have women recognised as persons under the law in 1927. The ladies are inviting us to sit down on the empty chair and have tea with them. This is how they had to disguise their political meetings - as innocent tea parties... Sitting on the chair in the sculpture makes a great photo opportunity. Put yourself in the centre of a conversation with these five brave Alberta women who made history. There's an online audio experience you can listen to that recreates a discussion between the famous five women(likealocalguide.com/calgary).
The Hero Image today is People Talking by Laurence Lowry.