What are the cultural contributions
and perspectives immigrants bring to the Canadian artist?
Author and poet Robert
Kroetsch is the great-great grandson of Martin and Kunigunda Kroetsch,
who immigrated to Canada in the mid-eighteenth century. As an artist,
the pull of his ancestors is a continuous narrative line that Robert
Kreotch expresses in his work.
Martin followed the sun in 1841
The whole migration story
in Canada, says Kroetsch, is about forever looking for home -"a desperate
attempt to achieve this impossible home."
We who assemble fragments long for a whole
Image of the vanished past
We seekers after truth, what do we find?
A fingerprint on the corner of a page,
A worn step at the turn on the stairway,
A square of faded paint on the faded wall.
Someone was here, we know, but who, when?"