It is a hot, still, bright day on the Hearts of Yearning River. You cannot hear a bird sing or a tree rustle. Angeline cannot get her baby to wake. Baby Louisa just sleeps like a listless thing. She sleeps now, but she might wake up someday.
—Sandra Meigs from Swoon
Swoon is a painting installation which originated with the artist’s visit to Florida. The pale tones and gaping black holes of the Everglade trees represented in these haunting paintings reverberate with a sense of both longing and isolation. The story of Angeline, a hand written text placed at the entrance to the installation, brings to the surface desires latent in all of us.
Sandra Meigs is one of Canada’s most powerful and insightful painters. Her work sweeps away convention, artistically and socially, to suggest yearnings which as children we did not recognize and as adults we can no longer name.