My new series featuring Caballos (Horses) is clearly influenced by my time in Mexico.
I have been fascinated by patterns seen everywhere in Mexican culture.
In the first paintings of this series, the patterning springs from that photographed in street art. In the emerging work the patterns are evolving from rugs of my Zapotec weaving friends in Teotitlan de Valle, Oaxaca, Mexico - Juan Carlos and his aunt, Elena Gonzalez Ruiz who granted permission for me to reference their work. When the series evolves, I will explain the Zapotec symbolism of the design elements.
I am featuring the white horse often seen as a reference to freedom; a recurring theme of mine
Who is she?
Maureen Enns spent in depth time in remote locations around the world documenting and creating artworks about the wild, the free, the misunderstood. Her paintings today are the result of many experiences ranging from:
-Crossing the Australian desert by camel -" Back of Beyond" opened in Brisbane during Expo 88 and toured Australia
-Spending time Kenya, Africa creating a body of work for a documentary film, "Game's End"
-Riding Spud, her quarter horse through Banff National Park to photograph the misunderstood grizzly bear, publishing "Grizzly Kingdom", 1995 and was the subject of the CBC documentary, "The Grizzly and the Artist"
-Living in Kamchatka 9 summers to study the emotional lives of grizzlies, release two books "Grizzly Heart" and Grizzly Seasons" 2003, co-authored with Charlie Russell. Documentary "Living with Giants" released 2003.
-Published "Wild Horses, Wild Wolves - Legends at Risk at the Foot of the Canadian Rockies", 2015, Rocky Mountain Books
-Exhibiting in Zipolite, Mexico “The Naked Sea” where she focused on the patterns of sea turtles, combined with that of plastic that could kill them.
Maureen and Biscuit, 2001, Kamchatka