Statue of Emily Carr outside the landmark Empress Hotel
Emily seen with her monkey Woo on her shoulder and her dog Billie (behind)
Created by sculptor Barbara Patterson.
Picture taken on January 28th, 2012 in Victoria, B.C., Canada.
Emily Carr was an extraordinary Canadian who traveled across British Columbia
studying native culture and art with fresh eyes and awe, she captured the land and forests in her unique style of painting.
It took her decades to evolve her artistic style that was uniquely Canadian, breaking away from the generally accepted European society art of the time. Her art was finally appreciated and recognized toward the end of her life. At great personal cost she pursued her passion for art and eventually gained society acceptance. Ultimately her quest was not society acceptance but for the love of art.
She broke the social norm of the time by traveling fearlessly as a single lady to remote native villages. She was an author, an artist and a keen observer of people, art and nature.
She was dubbed "Klee Wyck" by the indigenous people meaning "The Laughing One" . Klee Wyck is also the title of her award winning book. In this book, she writes about her travels, totem poles and experiences. She preserved unique historical accounts of the life and art of the first nations.