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Terry Aske

Artwork by Terry Aske

Jack: Conversations with Myself – the Later Years

private collection

16 x 16 inches

This is my submission to the FAN exhibit 'Conversations', an exhibition based on a conversation between two artists working together to make two pieces that relate or respond to each other as a unit. My partner was my sister Anne de Verteuil.

Our Dad passed away in January 2017. As we were cleaning out his belongings, it occurred to us that Dad should be the subject of our ‘Conversations‘ pieces. We decided to each make a fabric portrait of Dad, made entirely from Dad's clothing.

I used a recent photo to create my portrait of "Older Jack". I included some of his personal affirmations and a poem he adapted about "jack-stars". Anne created "Young Jack" based on a formal portrait taken in the 1940's just before he left Trinidad. His letter was written just after arriving in Vancouver in 1947.

While we were working on this project, we reminisced about conversations we had with Dad. He loved debating – politics, philosophy, world events, and talking about the activities of his children. He loved writing – private thoughts in his journals, personal affirmations and inspirational quotes on the back of business cards, long letters to his family members. We used some of his writings in our pieces – and we printed them all on pieces cut from his white shirts. Dad’s writings were often philosophical and introspective, which inspired our title: “Jack: Conversations with Myself“.

I wrote a blog post about the creation of our portraits: