Nascent.

Moving back in time now to my last exhibition, “Foundation” at the Saint John Arts Centre. It was so exciting to share space again with the interns I spent so much time with at Sculpture Saint John. They had a lot of excellent work. One lovely artist, Alison Gayton, brought sculptures she created on a learning vacation Italy. You can check out the amazing story over at I Love Saint John Pottery.Others Foundation Panorama_2

As promised, I’d like to take you through the story of my work in the show. I am intrigued by lifecycles. I think it’s incredible the commonalities between different organisms when you really get looking close. These works explore the insect lifecycle, as it relates to us. You can read more about the concept in this post.Panorama in Situ my side_2

The first piece is Nascent, inspired by insect eggs. The idea came to me staring up at a tree in Odell Park one night. In the dark each leaf cluster looked like a cluster of eggs.
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It started with a tree, and then went horribly awry.
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As you can see, the bowl shattered under the weight. But it was a good thing after all because then I found this bowl:
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But then, of course, my tree died. I was sad, I get attached. That is okay too though, as I still had a canopy of my own to add:
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My teacher commented that the geometric shapes give it a logical, human element, and I like that. Without the leaves the form became simplified, and the more I look at it, the more I am happy about that too.
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Time Flies

The beginning of November marked the opening of “Foundation”, a show I am taking part in at the Saint John Arts Centre. Our special group comes together as a result of shared experience, the Sculpture Saint John symposium of 2012. We spent six weeks with six international artists, constructing six granite sculptures. We lived together and worked together and learned to communicate together. It was the most immersive experience I’ve come across.

That summer set me off on a mission to unite my chosen medium of textile, with my new-found love of stone, with my ever-growing passion for plants. From a personal standpoint, these three mediums activate different sides of my self. Textile for flexibility and colour, stone for strength and endurance, plants for energy and nurturing. I think of them as my prescription for well-roundedness.

From a conceptual standpoint, they make even more sense. Stone. The unyielding machinery which drives our planet. Plants. Lush and pulsing, they hold the very present moment. Textile. Almost impossible malleable, cloth is what makes us human. By combining these three primal disciplines I will evoke the kinship between man and biosphere.

I have begun through exploration, testing different ways of uniting these three. See below the initial designs, collectively entitled “Time Flies”. The final piece, “Necros”, is still in progress. In the coming days I will take you through the huge learning process of creating the first four. You can see the finished works at the historic Saint John Arts Centre until January 10th.

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Extra, extra.

Just a couple little updates. To be honest, a couple little updates and one BIG update.

“The Crossing”, my train bridge quilt, is now up for auction at Isaac’s Way. You can see how it’s doing here, but have to stop in to the restaurant to bid. It will remain up until mid-September. A lot could happen between now and then, especially in the busy tourist season!

My quilted map shown in the previous post, “Here be monsters.”, is now up for sale for sale at the M&T Deli. For patient individuals, I am also available for custom map commissions. Feel free to contact me for more information.

In the next couple weeks I will be starting a commission from the maintenance gentleman at my work for a painted fish. He showed up at work the other day with this big piece of driftwood for me to use, I was delighted.

My woven lighting sculpture has found it’s home at Jeremiah’s Place, a brand new restaurant in Hartland, NB. I am going to visit sometime soon to take pictures and try out the menu.

And for my BIG NEWS, I was offered an internship for the Sculpture Saint John Symposium! With five other interns I will be learning from six international stone sculptors for a month and a half (I talked more about it here). I must say, I am all a-flutter! It is my hope that I will have time to thoroughly chronicle this experience here on my blog. Off I go to Saint John on August the 2nd!