Season 6, Episode 8 Carol Bruneau
Maud Lewis enjoys nearly mythological status in Canada. With no formal training, she created some of the most recognizable images in 20th-century Canadian art. But her gnomic appearance and few recorded words leave us with more questions than answers.
Carol Bruneau has dared to write in Maud’s voice and describe a life of obstacles: the shame of having a child out of wedlock, crippling rheumatoid arthritis, a mean-spirited husband – any one of which could have made her achievements impossible. But in Bruneau’s “Brighten the Corner Where You Are”, we meet a canny survivor sustained by her drive to create a world of joyful images despite her impoverished rural existence.
Hear Carol Bruneau’s conversation with Costas Halavrezos about how she gained the confidence to give voice to the mysteries surrounding Maud Lewis.