Victor Cicansky - On the Connection Between Art and Gardens

My work reflects the garden, which is a passion of mine. And there’s a story behind that. Each summer, I plant a garden, one, because I enjoy planting a garden, I enjoy eating the fresh fruits and vegetables that my garden produces, but it also inspires me in my work. And what I’ve discovered over the years is that planting a garden is like making art. It’s the same kind of activity, it’s full of possibilities, and it continues to give me ideas that produce the works that you see behind me and in in the studio. Now my experience with the garden goes way back to when I was a young boy, I grew up in Regina. I grew up on the east end of Regina that we called the garlic flats. People wonder where the term garlic flats came from. We called it the garlic flats because we grew a lot of garlic in our gardens and we used it in our cooking. That experience was important for me because the people I grew up with were largely immigrants and for them the garden was an important way of sustaining themselves and sustaining their families. My parents had a big garden, my grandmother had a big garden, and we lived side by side. My grandmother’s house was just across the street from our house, so I spent a lot of my time as a young boy in gardens.

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