A Juried Exhibit of Contemporary Artisans
Woodstock Museum - Woodstock Ontario
September 5 to November 1 - 2008

Grave Goods

Featuring the work of:

Caz Bently
wood block prints
Daniel Bernyk
metal scuplture
Pat Burns-Wendland
hand spun weaving
Scott Caple
Larry Cluchey
wood turning
Catherine Crowe
Dark Ages Re-creation Company
living history
Sandra Dunn
& Steve White

Dianne Edwards
Kelly Green
wood carving
Allison Hamilton
Lydia Ilarion
fine metalwork
David Ivens
Lloyd Johnson
forged metals
Mary Lazier
Elsa Mann
Darrell Markewitz
forged metals
Rosemary Molesworth
Kelly Probyn-Smith
Mark Puigmarti
forged metals
David Robertson
forged metals
Brenda Roy
fine metalwork
Rob Schweitzer
tablet weaving
Graeme Sheffield
forged metals
A.G. Smith
Steve Strang
painting & drawing
Ruth Swanson
Kathryn Thomson
blown glass
Mark Tichenor
Laura Travis
stone carving
Catherine VamVakas Lay
blown glass
Sara Washbush
fine metalwork
Brigitte Wolf
stained glass

Steve Strang
Ottawa ON

Steven Strang paints, draws, and also carves bone, antler, and wood. His pieces are in private collections in Canada, the USA, Europe, Australia, and Latin America; and have also been acquired by Parks Canada and by the Smithsonian Institution.

“ At first, the concept of this show raised two questions for me: what would I want buried with myself, and why would I do so? This led to thinking about grave goods in the context of resurrection, remembrance, and hoarding.”

'Stag in Leaf'
acrylic on panel

One of the reasons for grave goods, is to supply the deceased with the things he or she will need in their new life. This practice is an expression of beliefs in the dead living again in another way. This painting is an expression of such of ideas of resurrection and rebirth. The stag has long been used as a symbol of resurrection, since it sheds and regrows its antlers every year just as a tree sheds and regrows its leaves. This stag is shown crowned with the spring leaves of new life, although standing in a late autumn landscape.

'The King in his Tomb'
pen and ink on paper

This drawing is an exploration into what a modern king might be buried with, in the manner of the Pharaohs and kings of old who were buried with their hoards of goods. In his chamber tomb this king is buried among his acquisitions, or perhaps he is buried by his acquisitiveness.

Steve allowed this image to be used in the promotion of Grave Goods

'Urn for a Pet Ferret'
carved bone, with wood and brass

The shape of this bone inspired its function, as an urn for a long sinuous animal. The carving, in the Jellinge style of Old Norse art, represents the ferret in life. So the piece acts both as a container for the animal's ashes, and also as a reminder of its vitality and agility in life.


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