Betty Kovacic Art

Legacies

ABC of Diversity Collection

Ada – A Free Spirit

Mixed media assemblage on interior and exterior of wine crate—circa 1950.

Front Detail

17.5″ x 28.75″ x 7.25″

Not for Sale

 

Insects ABCs of Diversity Collection

Ada – A Free Spirit

Graphite, conté, India ink monotypes, and acrylic on canvas.

Right View

 

Reptiles ABCs of Diversity Collection

Ada – A Free Spirit

Graphite, conté, India ink monotypes, and acrylic on canvas.

Left View

 

Amphibians and Freshwater Fish ABCs of Diversity Collection

Cveta – Courage To Survive

Mixed media and assemblage on canvas.

48″ x 30″

Not For Sale

 

A ABCs of Diversity, Collection

Evelyn –  Peace Country Homesteader

Mixed media on canvas.

24″ x 30″

Not for Sale

 

Legacies Collection

Kate – Survivor of Injustices of the Past

Mixed media assemblage

Instalation, Two Rivers Gallery

28″ x 32″ x 9″

Not for Sale

 

C and D ABCs of Diversity Collection

Kate –  Survivor of Injustices of the Past

Mixed media assemblage

Detail

 

E and F ABCs of Diversity Collection

Kate – Survivor of Injustices of the Past

Mixed media assemblage

Outer Detail

 

Frank Scholar, Teacher, Mentor Legacies Collection

Frank – Scholar, Teacher, Mentor

Mixed media on canvas.

30″ x 24″

Not for Sale

 

George Dawson Creek Rancher Legacies Collection

George – Dawson Creek Rancher

Mixed media in and on a wooden milk crate—circa 1950.

19.75″ x 12.5″ x 10″

Not for Sale

 

Gunnar Love on the House on the Hill t

Gunnar – Love in the House on the Hill

Mixed media on canvas.

30″ x 24″

Not for Sale

 

Helen, An Adventuring Lady of the North Legacies Collection

Helen – An Adventuring Lady of the North

Mixed media on canvas.

48″ x 30″

Permenant collection of the College of New Caledonia

 

Holgar, The Man Across the River

Holgar – The Man Across the River

Mixed media on canvas.

30″ x 48″

Not for Sale

 

John, A Builder, A Baker, A Scottish Story Maker

John – A Builder, A Baker, A Scottish Story Maker

Mixed media on canvas.

30″ x 24″

Not for Sale

 

Leon a Man of Music Legacies

Leon –  A Man of Music

Mixed Media Sculpture

30″ x 38″ x 10″

Not for Sale

 

Lillian a Gentle Mother and Artist Legacies

Lillian –  A Gentle Mother and Artist

Mixed media assemblage.

22″W x 34″H x 21 D

Not for Sale

 

Tony, A Man of Courage and Principle Legacies Collection

Tony –  A Man of Courage and Principle

Mixed media sculpture with resin and wood Mixed media, objects and collage on canvas.

33″ x 23″ x 8″

Not for Sale

 

Madeline Keeper of the past bridge for the future Front

Madeline – Keeper of the Past Bridge for the Future

Mixed media assemblage (sculpture)

23″ x 17″ x 7″

Not for Sale

 

Madeline Keeper of the past bridge for the future Right

Madeline – Keeper of Past, Bridge for the Future 

Mixed media assemblage (sculpture)

Right Detail

 

Madeline Keeper of the past bridge for the future Left

Madeline –  Keeper of the Past, Bridge for the Future

Mixed media assemblage (sculpture)

Left Detail

 

Mary The Elder of Whelyuth

Mary – The Elder of Whelyuth

Mixed media assemblage

30″ x 48″

Permanent collection of the College of New Caledonia.

 

Lin a Strong and Adaptable Woman

Lin –  A Stong and Adaptable Woman

Mixed media assemblage | Mixed media sculpture.

23″ x 32″ x 19″

Not for Sale

 

Winnie, A Healer and Loving Woman

Winnie – A Healer and Loving Woman

Mixed media assemblage | Mixed media sculpture.

30″ x 24″

Not for Sale

 

Yukon Joe, The Last of the Original Mountain Men

Yukon Joe –  The Last of the Original Mountain Men

Mixed media, objects and collage on canvas.

48″ x 30″

Permanent Collection of the College of New Caledonia. 

 

Pages Legacies Collection

Pages

Acrylic, mixed media and objects on canvas.

95″ x 54″

Part of the permanent collection of the Jubilee Lodge in the Northern University Hospital of British Columbia

 

Paul a Kind and Gentle Man Legacies Collection

Paul –  A Kind and Gentle Man

Mixed media on canvas.

30″ x 24″

Not for Sale

 

Legacies

As the daughter of a Yugoslavian Woman who survived the Nazi Concentration Camps, I am profoundly influenced by her stories of horror and torture. Interspersed with her tale of suffering were accounts of altruism, heroic acts and the unwavering will to survive. Cognizance of individual roles, heroic or otherwise, in societal development continues to inform the content of my art. 

Driven by yearnings to retrieve and preserve segments of individual and collective memory, and my need to comprehend present society, I embarked on a course of artistic inquiry. Like many others, I sought knowledge of the present by studying the past. The gathered stories and ensuing portraits of British Columbia seniors, born near the beginning of the Twentieth Century became the vehicle of realization…of expression. 

Safekeep Past Experiences

Signifying greater importance than the recorded likeness of a person, the portrait alludes to the emphasis of individualization within the constraints of society. Not only being an indication of the definition of individuality, but the power contained therein, the portrait has infinite societal significance. Referencing a desire to remember, preserve, make visible, and express, these portraits invoke the individual and collective journey to identify. The work functions as mnemonic sites for the safekeeping of particles of past experiences, images and artefacts soon to be lost in the abyss of time. Each piece safeguards individual tales in a visual exploration of hopes, dreams and events. Metaphorically, the single life creates a sense of deeper awareness of the human condition, a realization of the heritage of humanity.

Celebration of Life

The work is a wealth of image, content and surface. Subjects, regardless of the age of portrayal are presented as strong even heroic figures –  archetypes from a different time and place. Almost a shrine, definitely an icon, each piece validates the aged identity in the celebration of their lives. The work simultaneously elucidates various times, geographical locations and states of mind. Around the person stereotypes, symbols, items and images from current or almost forgotten memory merge to form new diverse meanings. Yesterday’s images, filled with multiple meanings are manipulated to deflect synchronic interpretation of past events. 

Creative Process

This body of work is made up of both two and three-dimensional pieces. The paintings are comprised of acrylic, mixed media (paper with drawings, rubbings, prints) and mylar collaged with objects onto canvas. The three dimensional forms include resins, resin dyes, paper mache, plastic, acrylic mediums, fabric and paper (with drawings, rubbings, prints) and wood. Artefacts such as old letters, diary pages, photos, newspaper clippings, bones and objects are embedded in either the two or three-dimensional works. Additionally, art forms created from other materials are floated within the sculptures. Further textures, forms and images painted on the surface present a limitless source of expression. 

ABC of Diversity Collection

ABCs of Diversity

Temptation Cover for the Recent Works Collection

And . . . Then There Are . . .

Back to Connection

Connections

Return to Collections

Too Much of Not Enough

Back to Collections

A Roomful of Missing Women

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Legacies

Back to Collections Soul of the City

Soul of The City

Back to Gallery Regarding Humanity

Regarding Humanity

Back to Collection Public Art

Public Art

Back to the Collections

Art Informed by the Past

Back to Collections Male + Female = ?

♀ + ♂ = ?

Back to Collections Whispers and Shouts

Whispers and Shouts

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