A healing journey in sculpture by Marie Khouri
A trip home to Lebanon's capital years after the war inspires a healing series of sculpture
You can leave home but home never leaves you. Not completely.
Vancouver sculptor Marie Khouri's family fled civil-war-torn Lebanon in the 1970s when she was a teenager. Her father had been killed and it was a tragic and tumultuous time.
Visit changed everything
Years later, Khouri became a sculptor. But it wasn't until she returned to Beirut two years ago, and stood in the exact place where her childhood home once stood, that it sunk in how the art she had been creating was full of memory.
"It became and stayed a memory, an imprint of these times for me," she said.
Meditation and meaning
Khouri calls her art series Bronze, a retrospective of what she started 12 years ago with the renewed realization that the pieces are full of her past, and show how she wants to move to the future.
It took two years to complete.
There are perforated distressed sculptures that recall damaged buildings, crumbling shells, and empty nests.
You can see cedar boughs in many of the pieces. Cedar is the symbol of Lebanon and a universal emblem of peace.
"Bronze is eternal. It never moves but it changes with time."
The Bronze exhibit is at the Equinox Gallery.
Watch Marie Khouri in conversation with Lien Yeung on Our Vancouver.
with files from North By Northwest