FAVORITE THINGS

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Lots of my favourite things all in one room.

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Things bought, found, bartered for and given to me. Bones from East Africa, paper shoes by
Hilly Yeung
, wooden and leather purse, art show catalogue, drawing of ‘Mrs. Blue’ by friend’s daughter Zahra, collection of nude photography by Canadian photographers.

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Wood sculptures from Thailand and Polynesia that belonged to my grandfather who
imported work from Asia.

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Photograph of mannequins a gift from photographer
Ahmed Sirry
.

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The most soothing combination – china blue and bone white.

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Laughing Buddha given to me that matches one from
my grandfather.

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Raised fist by Toronto artist Julie Moon.

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My first attempt at sculpture as a child (a clay version of Kanga and Roo from
Winnie the Pooh), porcelain bird from a friend, lucky penny, bracelet made of rocks that
remind me of Georgian Bay, black wood bust that was a gift from a lover long lost.

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My bed, on the floor. My favourite place to sleep.

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Black on white. White on black. Liberal use of negative space.

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Patterns.

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Wood.

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My puppy Helsinki on our first day together.

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Anything created with attention to detail and served with some
love.

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Cemeteries.

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The Necropolis in Havana.

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The Divine no matter the form.

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Contemplative poses even when they are in stone,
especially when they are in stone. The energy of the pose
defies the static material.

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Arabic architecture. Graveyard with the Medina beyond in
Asilah, Morocco.

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Seeing the same scene that a great artist would have seen.
Looking towards St. Peter’s in Rome as it has looked since the
Renaissance when Michelangelo walked the streets.

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Homes made to last, constructed by hand with field stones. The house my great-grandfather
and grandfather were born in.

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Hands.

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Feet.

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The back of a man -especially with my arms wrapped around.

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The female form.

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Animals in their natural habitat.

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Trees in the city.

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Anything that makes me believe in the impossible.

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Water

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Sunsets…

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…anytime, anyplace, anywhere, especially with a crescent moon rising.

All photographs by Leah Snyder.
© 1990 – 2011 Leah Snyder. All Rights Reserved. Permission to use images must be obtained.