The Long View is about hope. This piece emerged from my deep love for Canada’s many beautiful, meditative northern views. That transcendent feeling of gazing out on a panoramic vista and its reflection on the water is also mirrored within our own lives. Each of us is uniquely situated within our own vantage point, with our own specific range of vision and manner of considering and reflecting on things. While it can be challenging not to become mired in our own static of immediate frustrations, concerns, or heartaches, altering our point of view to consider the long view brings hope.
Our view can be long in physical space, as when we look at our geography, and also in time, as well as in the convictions, philosophies and attitudes that make up our outlook. We can use our eyes, our minds and our hearts to consider, interrogate and reevaluate the extent of our views. The Long View engages our imagination. ‘Long View’ is another way to say (as in Emily Dickinson’s poem) ‘I dwell in possibility.’
This scarf is intended to bring the wearer hope, resilience and clear vision. It is a talisman and a reminder to reflect on our perspective in a hopeful, broad way, not only when we look at the natural world and its endless gifts but also when we envision our life’s path with plentiful possibilities and vistas.
Tanya Fenkell is a Toronto-based artist working primarily in watercolour. Her work expresses her preoccupations with solitude and beauty in nature and figures and the emotions these evoke. She uses watercolours to make emotional landscapes visible. Peaceful, solitary places and their moods can be a source of both comfort and contemplation. As a woman who likes to paint secluded places, she is drawn in by nature’s beauty, its remoteness and also how it feels to be a woman alone in those places.