Ottawa-born Martha Townsend now calls Montréal home. She uses sculpture and drawing to work with form: spheres, cubes, holes and lines inhabit her minimalist aesthetic. Her works are marked by a dramatic material presence – they are often impressive in terms of size, but they draw their essential appeal from the density of the material used and the poetry reflected in their form. Her works are exhibited throughout Canada, and were recently featured at Montréal’s Musée d’art contemporain and the Musée national des beaux-arts du Québec. She has also created public art works in Pointe-Claire and Toronto.
Atop a hill, a weeping willow graces the entrance to Terra Cotta Park, a natural historic and recreational site in the City of Pointe-Claire, once home to a successful terra cotta tile manufacturer. The large arch serves both as a bench and a low wall radiating from the trunk of the willow at the edge of the hill. Tiled in terra cotta, the sides of the arch shine when seen from below, almost as if the remains buried beneath the site have come into the light once more. The black Cambrian granite surface of the arch draws a clear horizontal line against its organic background. Arc et saule provides a resting point from which one can contemplate the willow and admire the view.