About

Photo by Julia Wright 

Photo by Julia Wright 

Deanna Musgrave is a Canadian artist who is best known for her monumental paintings such as the mural “Cloud” which is installed permanently at the Hans Klohn Commons, University of Saint John, New Brunswick which measures 10’ high and 56’ long.

Her career took off in 2007 when she was selected by the Beaverbrook Art Gallery as the sole recipient for its Studio Watch exhibition aimed at introducing promising new artists to the public. Her work has been enthusiastically reviewed by the New Brunswick media, and she has won numerous grants and awards from the New Brunswick Arts Board, Mount Allison University and the University of New Brunswick. She has a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Mount Allison University and a Bachelor of Education from the University of New Brunswick.

Musgrave describes her paintings as “confluent organisms”, cloud-like forms weaving in and out of multiple references in art history including Romantic Landscape, Dutch Still Life, Graffiti, Visual Music, Abstract Expressionism or Op Art. Space and light are central focuses in Musgrave’s work as she often utilizes different techniques from each style to create a sense of vastness.  This generates landscapes that are alien to humanity; exploring realities and altered states beyond typical human perception. 

Water is a central theme in Musgrave’s works. To quote Donna Wawzonek of the National Water Centre, Canada, in her 2016 article “Deanna Musgrave: Stirring Large Conversations With Grande Impressions” she states:

“Water is the starting point for each of Musgrave’s works. With a blank canvas placed on the floor of her studio, she selects objects of significance: of sentimental, aesthetic, or symbolic meaning, to place on top of the canvas. She sprinkles, sprays, or pours water over the object to capture an impression of the form in pigment. The impression made by the water is like a memory of the object on the canvas.

Using water in the process is as important to Deanna as her subject matter. Her world view is closely tied to the power of water and its relationship to experience and memory. Deanna’s work considers and articulates the theories of homeopathy: the ability of water to remember substances once mixed in it; cymatics: the patterns formed when a substance like water or sand is vibrated; and akashic field theory: the theory that information can exist and be transmitted through energy fields. 

The result is a highly dynamic and fluid expression of memory, story, and a deep connection to water. Outside of her art, Deanna studies and practices dowsing: practiced since the 15th century to locate underground water systems. More recently dowsing has been adapted to locate areas of stress or trauma on the human body as a means of healing.

All aspects of Deanna’s connection to water speak to a single idea: that information, knowledge, and experience can exist and be transmitted in many different ways. She believes that revolution can be ignited from person to person and that can happen in many different forms.” 

Read the full article @ http://www.swimdrinkfish.ca/news/2016/6/6/deanna-musgrave-stirring-large-conversations-with-grande-impressions