Ewen’s Christmas Cabinet (and Rose Garden Tour) 1998-2003

  • Juniper Roses, 2003 (with Susan Geraldine Taylor). Oil.  16x24 cm. ©CARCC.

    Juniper Roses, 2003 (with Susan Geraldine Taylor). Oil. 16×24 cm. ©CARCC.

  • Artemesia Roses #2, 2003.  Oil on lithograph. 28x38cm. ©CARCC.

    Artemesia Roses #2, 2003. Oil on lithograph. 28x38cm. ©CARCC.

  • Ewen’s Christmas Cabinet Polyptych (panel 1), 1996.  Oil. 91x60cm. Coll:  Private. ©CARCC.

    Ewen’s Christmas Cabinet Polyptych (panel 1), 1996. Oil. 91x60cm. Coll: Private. ©CARCC.

  • Ewen's Christmas Cabinet Polyptych (panel 2) , 1996.  Oil. 91x95cm. Coll:  Private. ©CARCC.

    Ewen’s Christmas Cabinet Polyptych (panel 2) , 1996. Oil. 91x95cm. Coll: Private. ©CARCC.

  • Ewen's Christmas Cabinet Polyptych (panel 3), 1996.  Oil. 91x130 cm. ©CARCC.

    Ewen’s Christmas Cabinet Polyptych (panel 3), 1996. Oil. 91×130 cm. ©CARCC.

  • Ewen's Christmas Cabinet Polyptych (panel 4), 1996.  Oil. 91x95cm. Coll:  Private. ©CARCC.

    Ewen’s Christmas Cabinet Polyptych (panel 4), 1996. Oil. 91x95cm. Coll: Private. ©CARCC.

  • Ewen's Christmas Cabinet Polyptych (panel 5), 1996.  Oil. 91x60cm. Coll:  Private. ©CARCC.

    Ewen’s Christmas Cabinet Polyptych (panel 5), 1996. Oil. 91x60cm. Coll: Private. ©CARCC.

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“There is something particularly right about all these strands of Martin’s existence coming together in this exhibition.”

Carol Corbeil, The Toronto Star

“She is interested in how roses are culturally coded much like the human body. Like the fetish, roses are often metaphorical substitutions for parts of the human anatomy. You will recall that Gathie Falk used roses as fetishized objects in her cabinets. And in one of its well-known guises the wilted rose functions as a memento mori, that both reminds us of our mortality, and covers over the anxiety of death with the pathos of its fading beauty. Martin is quoted in a review, ‘Thinking through roses is like thinking through the body, only safer.'”

Christine Conley, “The Emptiness of the Flesh” (catalogue essay). Jane Martin: Gathie’s Cupboard 1988-1998, Carleton University Art Gallery, 1999.