After a few years of not showing a complete body of work I thought it was time for a show. Comprised of 21 pieces created over the last 3 years, Restoring Spring, featured 3 distinct bodies of work. Unfortunately I didn’t get a chance to document the opening because the turn out was tremendous.
I wanted to thank everyone who came: Your reactions to the work were thoughtful and thought provoking, I have some great things to think about moving forward. The name of the show was originally derived from the idea that in the spring there is a shift in perspective and how we operate as people, shedding winter habits and mindsets. For me the act of making is a mediation that allows me the time to focus energy on myself, my life and create an echo of my history. I felt like much of this work helped me though a transformation and i hope you enjoy it.
Here is the artist statement and a few images from the show. Work can be purchased here.
Folklore comes early and stays late in our lives. Our characters can be human or animal and each story centralizes around a crisis or conflict, while the characters cope with the events of everyday life. As a collective we use these stories to see similarities, and explore unfounded beliefs. Individually, we recognize ourselves through those stories.
“Folklore helps us to form and express identity in the midst of an always complex, sometimes confusing social context, in which our sense of who we are is frequently questioned and challenged.” (Martha C. Sims and Martine Stephens, Living Folklore, 2005)
Social context provides a background or a comparison against which we can contrast ourselves and our ideals and behaviour. My work translates personal conflicts and social context into narrative “stories” so that I force myself to spend time evaluating and weighing each life juncture. Ultimately this investigation is one of ways i record the emotional significance of each step. The show Restoring Spring includes three overlapping bodies of work created over a 3 1/2 year time span and all three distill complex situations into vignettes.
I have engaged a lexicon of images and characters to explore the transition, and then destruction, of a 10-year relationship. The repetition of images and characters highlights values, ideals and provides a reference point to help anchor the audience in the storyline.
Just like any folktale the characters shift from symbolic to sometimes literal. Bees are persistent ideas, fruitful concerns while sparrows are truths or words, and houses, well they are just houses. The flock provides a sense of togetherness and the rabbits, reproduction and family, canning supplies, domesticity and work. The snails, time and the raspberry thorns the difficulty of time. The patterns are derived from fabrics and clothing i own or was found in our….my house.
It takes time to fall apart, it takes time to understand our own stories and ultimately it takes time to heal.