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Moonlit Harvester
Acrylic/Canvas (18"x24"/45.7x60.9) image ©ruth hartman


The Confederates
Acrylic/Canvas (24"x30"/60.9x76.2) image © ruth hartman

Pioneer of Queen's Bush
Acrylic/Canvas (18"x24"/45.7x60.9) image ©ruth hartman

Homestead, Queen's Bush
Acrylic/Canvas (18"x24"/45.7x60.9) image ©ruth hartman


Cousins - c. 1920
Acrylic/Canvas (18"x24"/45.7x60.9) image ©ruth hartman

Cousins Three
Acrylic/Canvas (18"x24"/45.7x60.9) image ©ruth hartman

Three girls
Watercolour (5"x7"/12.7x17.8) image © ruth hartman

Sisters
Acrylic/Canvas (24"x30"/60.9x76.2) image © ruth hartman

Red Cousins
Acrylic/Canvas (24"x30"/60.9x76.2) image © ruth hartman

Daisy/Expectation
Acrylic/Canvas (18"x24"/45.7x60.9) image ©ruth hartman

Magnolia/Resignation
Acrylic/Canvas (20"x30"/50.8x76.2) image ©ruth hartman

Geranium/Joy
Acrylic/Canvas (18"x24"/45.7x60.9) image ©ruth hartman

Weschmater
Acrylic/Canvas (16"x20"/40.6x50.8) image ©ruth hartman

Ma-ternity
Acrylic/Canvas (12"x12"/30.5x30.5) image ©ruth hartman

In-Fancy
Acrylic/Canvas (18"x24"/45.7x60.9) image ©ruth hartman

Big Brother
Acrylic/Canvas (10"x20"/25.4x50.8) image ©ruth hartman

Rubberball
MixMedia/Canvas (22"x28"/55.9x71.1) image ©ruth hartman

Stable Kids
Acrylic/Canvas (20"x20"/50x50) image ©ruth hartman

Neustadt1
Acrylic/Canvas (7"x9"/17.7x22.8) image ©ruth hartman

Neustadt2
Acrylic/Canvas (7"x9"/17.7x22.8) image ©ruth hartman

Neustadt3
Acrylic/Canvas (7"x9"/17.7x22.8) image ©ruth hartman

Neustadt4
Acrylic/Canvas (7"x9"/17.7x22.8) image ©ruth hartman

Confirmation
Acrylic/Canvas (10"x12"/25.4x30.4) image ©ruth hartman

Not Dark Yet
Acrylic/Canvas (14"x18"/35.6x45.7) image ©ruth hartman

Sib-line Sleep

This series began in 1997, as a result of documenting and inquiring into the lives of my paternal and maternal ancestors.

They arrived around 1850 in Saugeen First Nations ancestral territory near Lake Huron, which through treaties, the British called Queen's Bush. It is now known as Ontario's Grey-Bruce area. Most had come via Quebec or New York from the duchies and kingdoms preceding what became Germany in 1870.

My ancestors settled in the forests along the Saugeen River in Normanby Township. Together with English, Scottish and Irish immigrants, they built the communities of Neustadt, Ayton, and in the settlement of Nenagh, they lived side by side with indigenous families and black families who had found safe haven in the bush.

The settler/pioneer days of my ancestors were consumed with the need for self-sufficiency on the homestead but also with the desire for community. My ancestors were charter founders of area schools, such as SS#5, and area churches. Their lives, now bracketed by birth and death, affirm continuity but also the finite space we occupy.

The series has moved from the 19th to 20th century and is now an exploration of images from my own past.The use of "no faces" in this series was initially to portray what is not known and then as motif for a shared or universal heritage.

images © ruth hartman
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