SASKATOON — Three artists from one family presented their work and their vision of art during a Seeking Light event held May 9 - 10 at Queen’s House in Saskatoon.
Artwork by siblings Dean, Brian and Gisele Bauche was on display during the event that included an evening coffee house and an afternoon tea, as well as words from each of the artists.
“The whole point of the creative process is ultimately to share the wonder of light, the possibility of creation,” said Dean Bauche, a professional artist, curator, educator and adjudicator, known for evocative watercolours and oil paintings. He works out of his studio, located in Battleford, Sask.Like prayer, the creative process can elevate us to another plane, Dean said. “When you gather with other people and you share that wondrous gift and you create together, something speaks to the real divine nature that has been put in the human soul — that desire to create, to share, for no other purpose but love.”
Brian Bauche’s artistic medium is photography. Now retired from a 30-year career as a teacher, vice-principal and principal with Greater Saskatoon Catholic Schools, Brian’s lifelong passion for photography began as a teenager living in Africa, when he struggled to capture on film the wonders of creation he was seeing and experiencing.
“Photography became the capacity to be able to capture the beauty of a moment or a time or a place in this creation, this absolutely amazing, gorgeous, beautiful world that we live in, and to be able to share that,” Brian said.
“Seeking Light is a metaphor. In photography, light is one of the most important and critical aspects in bringing out the essential qualities of the subject or landscape,” he wrote in a reflection about his chosen medium. “Light is the glory of God singing on all around us.”
Educator, facilitator and artist Gisele Bauche described the joy of collaborating with her brothers on the Seeking Light art show, and to share the richness of the creative process as a family, following in the footsteps of their father.
“It’s been my life’s journey to seek light in some form, not only spiritually but artistically,” Gisele said. “All my life, I’ve seen spirituality and art as walking hand-in-hand with God. I’ve seen spirituality and the creative process as a way in which I can dialogue with God, and with others, and give a voice to the world — give a truth to the world.”
She reflected on how her art has changed and developed over the years, but always with a connection to her spiritual journey — from depictions of religious stories that came out of the theology she was exploring, to her more recent focus on iconography.
“I feel the creative process is a receptivity, it’s a relationship that I have with the painting, it’s a relationship that I have with people, a relationship that I have with God,” Gisele said.