A young woman twists in the saddle of her mount,
her attention caught by the intricate cross silhouetted against the
sky. Her horse plods on, indifferent both to the cross and the woman's
interest in it. This cross is a memorial to the Acadian people who
were expelled from Nova Scotia in the mid eighteenth century. It stands
at Grand Pr'e, on the shores of the Bay of Fundy, a point according
to local tradition from where many of the Acadians were shipped away
from their homes.
The painting draws a poignant contrast, for while
the young woman's gaze forms a link between the present and the past
in human affairs, the natural world represented by the horse and the
landscape continues a rhythm unchanged by such concerns.
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