Irene F. Whittome

First Words

1982
We should look for symbolism in Irene Whittome's work - her materials, colours, and forms are carriers of meaning. The cross motif in "First Words" is a rich symbol that belongs to many cultures, signifying, for example, a crossroad or a mystic centre.
Title
First Words
Date
1982
Medium
Painting
Materials
encaustic, plaster cloth, and oil on wood
Dimensions
244 x 248 x 4.8 cm overall (panels installed 3.8 cm apart); panels: 244 x 122 cm each
Nationality
Canadian
Credit line
Purchased 1990
Accession number
30840.1-2