Dear Heart 1998-2000

  • Dear Heart #6, 1998.  Pencil. 22x27cm. ©CARCC.

    Dear Heart #6, 1998. Pencil. 22x27cm. ©CARCC.

  • Dear Heart #6, 1998.  Pencil. 22x27cm. ©CARCC.

    Dear Heart #6, 1998. Pencil. 22x27cm. ©CARCC.

  • Dear Heart #16, 1999.  Pencil. 23x15cm. ©CARCC.

    Dear Heart #16, 1999. Pencil. 23x15cm. ©CARCC.

  • Dear Heart #8, 1998.  Pencil. 28x18cm. ©CARCC.

    Dear Heart #8, 1998. Pencil. 28x18cm. ©CARCC.

  • Dear Heart #26, 2000.  Pencil. 28x21cm. ©CARCC.

    Dear Heart #26, 2000. Pencil. 28x21cm. ©CARCC.

  • Dear Heart #27, 2000. Pencil. 26x32cm. ©CARCC.

    Dear Heart #27, 2000. Pencil. 26x32cm. ©CARCC.

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“Dear Heart derives its power from the rawness of its emotional and extremely personal content…the viewer suddenly encounters the knowledge of the universality of this experience.”

Vivian Tors, “Multiple Diagnoses”. The Canadian Medical Association Journal (a special issue titled The Left Atrium/Côté Coeur) 26 Oct. 2004, 171(9).

“The drawings of Jane Martin’s series Dear Heart (1998-2000) take their point of departure from photographs the artist took of her husband in 1995…This medical event, its terrible intensities displaced from living subject to photographic mediation, forms the basis for a slow process of reflection, attentive to trauma, loss and love…The work coveys the vulnerability of the body, and the human quality of tenderness toward that frailty.”

Renee Baert, Curator of Contemporary Art, Medical Imprints catalogue, The Ottawa Art Gallery, 2004.

“The drawings become an on going conversation…storied with participatory accounts of reason. There is no sentimentality; there is the humanity and grace that grows from being fully in the world with an other.

Gail Bourgeois, Medical Imprints, Espace (Winter, 2004-2005).