The Easel

The Otherworldly Luminescence of Mary Pratt’s Art

It says a lot for Mary Pratt’s art that, as a female painter living on Canada’s geographic periphery, she achieved national prominence. Pratt painted domesticity – “gutted fish, jars of jelly, unmade beds”, elevating these familiar objects by showing “the drama of light. How it falls, how it alters the ordinary objects it adorns … no ordinary object is without a sublime aspect.”