REFRACTIVE MOMENTS: EXPLORING LIGHT AND LIFE

The Women’s Art Association of Canada (WAAC) is proud to present

REFRACTIVE MOMENTS: EXPLORING LIGHT AND LIFE
ONLINE EXHIBITION

March 16 – April 30, 2021

Refraction refers to the change in direction of a wave passing from one medium to another or from a gradual change in the medium.  We are all being asked to change direction in our daily life and to re-invent our routines. How can our art reflect this change in direction by taking this moment as a positive opportunity?

The exhibition showcases work by members in a medium other than the one they usually work in or takes their preferred medium in a new direction. It includes work in ceramics, painting, sculpture, digital photography, textile art, drawing, printmaking, and mixed media.

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PARTICIPATING ARTISTS

Dixie Allen, Barbara Andersen, Irene Barran-Stec, Nancy Beiman, Maggie Broda, Karen Buck-Mackintosh, Christy Chor, Judith Davidson-Palmer, Ulla Djelweh, Susan Farquhar, Heather Gentleman, Catharina Goldnau, Pia Israelsson, Gretchen Jeens, Carolyn Jongeward, Tai Kim, Monica Kucharuk, Susan Lappin, Christine Lynett, Suzanne Forgang Miller, Marjorie Moeser, Joanne Nelson, Janice Pich, Janet F. Potter, Ted Scott, Deniz Seker, Jocelyn Shaw, Joan Solomon, Anita Stein, Sally Thurlow and Virginia Trieloff.

ARTIST CATALOGUE

DIXIE ALLEN

Ripple Effect: Cloud mirrors Mountain
Exploring Hida Mountain Range. Nagano, Japan

Digital photography

The art of photography changes like the light. Within the inherent nature of this art form is, the expression of light.  In the works presented for these Refractive Moments, light paints a vista in experiencing nature. Light highlights our presence in the everyday walk through life.


Awakening: Shadow into Glow
Walking the trails of History, Hyde Park Toronto

Digital photography

Mediums for my works have been archival edge prints and giclee canvas prints. The medium for these Refractive Moments works are exclusively digital. In digital, the traditional framing mediums of display are now absent. The boundaries of framing, size and scale are removed from enhancing the image presentation. The digital format here, invites the image to stand purely on its own merit.

allenworks108@gmail.com

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BARBARA ANDERSEN

Dreaming of Summer
Acrylic
16″ x 20″
$300

The beauty of nature greatly inspires me and recently I have continued to explore the acrylic medium. Previously my paintings were either realistic landscapes or non-objective abstracts and my art journey is taking me on a path to experiment in a new direction by combining the two together. 

Winter’s Last Gasp
Acrylic
20″ x 16″
$300

By placing a small realistic image in these abstract landscapes, my objective was to add extra depth and meaning to the painting, contrasting the stillness and peacefulness with turbulence or uncertainty. I hope the viewer will relate to my paintings in their own personal way and discover their own unique perspective in them.  

bandersen497@gmail.com

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IRENE BARRAN-STEC

Vintage NUNA BARRAN wedding gown
100% pure silk
Hand-beading and finishing
Size 10
$1400

CLOTH to CLAY

I wanted to work in the theatre, design for the stage. But life took a different turn. Eventually, I had a company of my own, designing and producing a limited edition line of wedding and special event gowns, sold in Canada and US. Those were relentlessly busy years. One day it struck me with a force, that time was fleeting, that if not now, then maybe never. Within a year, I sold the business, moved to the country, and was working in my new studio on lake Simcoe, my hands up to my elbows in clay, and not a twinge of regret. One would think that the  transition was complete, cloth to clay, but not quite. The silk roses became porcelain roses. The drapings, pleatings and ruffles found a new life in vessels, murals and bowls. “ What is bred in the bone, will out…” somehow.

irenebstec@sympatico.ca

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NANCY BEIMAN

Centre Island, November 2020
Digital photography

I am a cartoonist, and have never exhibited any photographic works. These images reflect the stillness of the Toronto Islands under lockdown. They were largely deserted and the skies were cold and clear. I rarely photograph people, preferring to contrast natural and manmade textures. Light and shadow animate patterns of willows and water and turn dead leaves into abstractions.

Still Leaf
Digital photography

peachdoggie@gmail.com
nancybeiman.com

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MAGGIE BRODA

Kathleen Lake, Yukon Territory
Acrylic on canvas
24” x 18”
$350

I love the colours and shapes in nature so for this show I changed my style to Realism. I focused on memories from a camping  trip to the Yukon Territory that revealed the most spectacular scenery I have ever seen.

Echo Lake, Yukon Territory
Acrylic on canvas
20″ x 24″
$350

mbroda38@gmail.com

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KAREN BUCK-MACKINTOSH

Lupine Sprouts
Digital photography
12” h x 18” w
$150 Unframed / $350 Framed

Finding solace in specific attention to my world, close at hand. Finding joy within a limited frame of view while exploring through the lens of a new rangefinder camera. Light is the medium. Looking, watching, waiting.

Rose Bowl
Digital photography
12” h x 18” w
$150 Unframed / $350 Framed

Finding the wondrous transformation of tone, hue, and form presented through a drop of water and the curved framing edge of a simple bubble or glass bowl. The element of water contains and is held, and reveals the extraordinary.

buckmackintosh@gmail.com
www.buckmackintosh.com

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CHRISTY CHOR

A New Dawn is Going to Come #1: Cage In
Charcoal, ink, wire, and corrugated card print on mylar
44cm L x 30cm W / 63cm L x 53cm W Framed
NFS

My artworks reflect on my emotions and philosophy when facing
challenges in life. This series of works represent my firm belief that we will go through the dark ages, breakthrough the barriers, and fly
through the tunnel for a new dawn.

A New Dawn is Going to Come #2: Breakthrough
Charcoal, ink, wire, and corrugated card print on mylar
44cm L x 30cm W / 63cm L x 53cm W Framed
NFS

I like using charcoal and ink on different materials, especially mylar, for my expressive drawings beyond my favourite medium, “clay.” The bold application of Indian ink always gives my art surprises of abstraction and definition.

christyymchor@gmail.com
christychor.com
instagram.com/christychor.ceramics
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christysart.myshopify.com (online store)

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JUDITH DAVIDSON-PALMER

Interiors: Through the Looking Glass, Limited Edition Series
Digital archival photography
8.5″ x 11″ and 11.7″ x 16.5″
$100 and $300 Unframed

These photographs were both digitally mastered to create a painterly and unique effect.  While I frequently use software as a tool to create a unique image, these were pushed further and involved exploring the effects of light through glass.  The interior photograph actually is the result of refraction and reflection involving two sets of glass.  

Here’s to a Multicoloured Globe, Limited Edition
Digital archival photography
8.5″ x 11″ and 11.7″ x 16.5″
$100 and $300 Unframed

The globe photographs involve Caithness globes handheld with natural light streaming through from the back.  Both photographs are interior shots (the Globe one has the outside as background) and as such are representative of the current world of isolation with light being the beacon of hope for the world beyond.


judithdavidsonpalmer.com
jdavidsonp@aol.com

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ULLA DJELWEH

Ice: Surface-Trapped Air
Archival pigment print Ed.10
12″ x 18″
$350

Foggy, or rainy days – with low hanging clouds, always attract my attention.  If there is the possibility of sun rays breaking through, my camera will accompany me for an adventure in pursuit of capturing the magical effect of those atmospheric conditions. 

Ice: Air Bubbles
Archival pigment print Ed.10
12″ x 18″
$350

Refraction of light in water, in air bubbles above or below its surface, on fractured glass and ice creates wonderful merging shapes and shadows.  The observation inspired my new series of photographs about Refractive Moments.

Shadow is the lover of the sun, Form is their Child
-Goethe

ulladjelwehart@yahoo.ca
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SUSAN FARQUHAR

Burnt Contour
Paper sculpture
18″ x 10″ x 4″
$300

“Burnt Contours” is one of series entitled ARE WE EPICORMIC. These works are my response to the catastrophic fires suffered on Kangaroo Island, Australia in 2019. This project follows my solo show WHERE IS WILD in 2019, an exhibit of paper works that considered the non-human position in this Anthropocene age.

Throughout both projects I have tried to push myself into unknown territory through transition from one medium to another. The WIW works combined familiar pastel drawing and printmaking with unfamiliar paper manipulation in relief.

In ARE WE EPICORMIC the transition continues. Pastel drawings illustrate the story: natural beauty and abundance drastically devastated by fire. The paper constructs are now separate from the drawings, in relief and/or dimensional. They embody the aftermath of catastrophe. Watching the news coverage online in real time shocked and motivated me. Now I am enthralled.

susanfarquhar5@gmail.com
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HEATHER GENTLEMAN

Heather Thought About a Rabbit
Found objects, digital illustration, photography
18″ x 9″

My work observes contemporary culture in a historical context, explores how ideas, themes and social mores recur and are paralleled from one time period to another and how our understanding of the past, and the future, is shaped by our own contemporary viewpoint. “Heather Thought About a Rabbit” and “Heather Put Her Doll Away” are part of a body of work, “Heather Lived in a Little House”, a personal excavation which explores how thoughts and the subconscious mind determine experience. 

Heather Put Her Doll Away
Found objects, rocks, digital illustration, photography
14″ x 6″

Our subconscious and conscious mind are imbued with beliefs about life and expectations. Much is determined by childhood experiences that form the foundation of choices and mindset. I used toys and objects from childhood to consider what beliefs, based on memories, I have carried with me as truth. For Refraction, I have combined found object, digital illustration and photography to make work in a new format that lends itself to an online exhibition format.

hagseed555@gmail.com

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CATHARINA GOLDNAU

All is Spice
Low-fire porcelain, additions, shards, glazes
15cm x 40cm x 40cm
$ 650

Growing up in the rural countryside among fields, rocks, lakes and trees, I now work in a large urban centre, immersed in concrete. Oscillating between these poles, my work strives to be a coupling of both, inviting the viewer to contemplate a piece of earthiness within the context of a fabricated object.

 Ocean II
Custom clay, additions, glazes, velvet
19cm H x 54cm x 54cm 
$650

My work is inspired by objects of utility, past or present: the bowl – a universal containment object. While ceramic materials form the core of my practice, I also include additional materials, such as fibers, grit, and shards into my clay.

During the time of Covid, my practice has become bolder, prompting me to incorporate alternate materials untraditionally. Feeling the impulse to experiment outside of the usual ceramic “box”, I used velvet as part of the rim of my sculptural bowl “Ocean II”. While it felt very wrong at first, I left the diverging material as reference to the extreme period we are experiencing at the moment.

cgoldnau@gmail.com
catharinagoldnauceramics.ca
instagram.com/catharinagoldnauceramics
linkedin.com/in/catharina-goldnau

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PIA ISRAELSSON

Sunflower/moonflower
Pencil on paper
7″ x 5″
NFS

In my artwork, I explore themes of isolation and connectivity. The eye travels within a tangled space inviting the viewer into a moment of contemplation and meditation.

“Sunflower/moonflower” formed itself. Normally I draw from the wild and untamed treasures I collect in nature. Here, I let myself go into memories and imagination. I worked for weeks to give myself the time I needed to think about and discover something new. 


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GRETCHEN JEENS

My Heart’s Desire
Mixed media 
16” x 22” Unframed
$300

Being creative during this time of Covid has been a challenge as well as an adventure. At times when it becomes difficult to focus, the opportunity arises to just play with the paint and have fun. The portrait “My Heart’s Desire” is a playful depiction, much different from my usual style of portraiture.

No Place Quite Like This
Oil on canvas
24″ x 36″
$795

In my second piece, I didn’t know where this abstracted landscape “No Place Quite Like This” was going, but I enjoyed the process until I felt it was complete.

gret.ourhouse@sympatico.ca
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CAROLYN JONGEWARD

Signature of Roses
Acrylic on cut canvas on wood panel
22″ x 22″

“Refraction” is measured in geometric terms by the change in the angle of light passing through a medium. For the artwork in this show I explored new processes for creating geometric paintings. Signature of Roses is a mosaic of cut canvas inspired by a unique, non-repeating patterning – discovered by mathematician Roger Penrose – that uses a set of angles within a pentagon.

 

In the Wake of Angles
Acrylic and ink on canvas
16″ x 16″

“In the Wake of Angles” contains a related dynamic patterning, transferred from print to canvas and further developed in response to fundamental angles that govern the design. The process of making these paintings has emphasized for me the significance of angles in how things fit together and, by extension, how multiplicity can become oriented in many creative ways toward unity.

carolyn.jongeward@gmail.com
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TAI KIM

Wetland Series #1: “Winter Wetland Embraces Spring”
Acrylic on canvas
24″ x 17″
$450

I am an artist and an Ontario painter. I love Ontario’s wetlands. These days are strange times. And in the past year, at these strange times when you have to keep distant from people and you can’t see your loved ones, I go to Ontario’s jewel-like wetlands with a sketchbook as often as I can.

“Wetland Series #2: Winter Wetland- Songbird”
Acrylic on canvas
24″ x 17″
$450

I study trees and birds and get a lot of comfort from many old willow trees and different birds and cat tails and on and on and on.
I love nature because we are nature. The moment of refraction when light touches life. I take hope. Endless hope. One love!

tai8rasta@gmail.com

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MONICA KUCHARUK

Tranquillity
Acrylic and mixed media
36″ x 48″
$1500

For the artist , the canvas becomes the playground where everything is possible. Inspiration and medium are intimately linked. For me, it’s the first time I have painted in such a large scale. At first it is very intimidating, but also it gives a feeling of freedom and to paint loosely. Also using a palette knife and modelling paste is new to me. I like to apply texture into my work, and use imagination to create atmosphere that is favourable to the eye of the spectator who is able to capture the reality.

kucharuk.monica@gmail.com

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SUSAN LAPPIN

To Light
Acrylic
9″ x 12″
$50 Unframed

These have been interesting times and times to try new things. To challenge ourselves in many different directions. These are my first paintings and they were inspired from “To the Light”- one of my photographs that was in the show “From Darkness into Light”.

 

Alone in Thought
Acrylic
9″ x 12″
$50 Unframed

freetobephoto@gmail.com
free-to-be-photography.net
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CHRISTINE LYNETT

Albero sul Colle dell’ Incontro- #1 di 3
(Tree on the Hill of the Encounter- #1 of 3
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Gum Print- Paper Lithographic Transfer
10.5″ h x 8″ w
$200

Gum Print is known as the poor man’s lithography. It begins with a high contrast, black and white laser photocopy and then a simple preparation of the plate (paper) using shellac and gum arabic. This is followed by an inking, wiping and printing process typical of lithography on plate or stone.

The original photograph, I took on a clandestine hike in the hills of Tuscany, in the spring of 2020, at the beginning of Covid lockdown. Months later, still in lockdown, this image once again captured my attention: the contrast of light and dark – chiaroscuro, the image itself – stark, lonely, drastically culled and yet still standing strong. Both the image and the geographic location speak to me as metaphor. I am glad to be once again involved in the printmaking process.

christinelynett@gmail.com

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SUZANNE FORGANG MILLER

Tranquility
Acrylic on canvas
16″ x 20″
$350

In this painting, I used a different palette, which included a light cream instead of white, and no medium. I used larger brushes, and focused on the reflections of sunlight, and large swaths of colour, avoiding fine details. It is based on a photo I took in Niagara-on-the-Lake. I really enjoyed creating this painting, and stretching myself in new directions. I plan to do more painting in this new style.

I work in acrylics, oils, drawing, printmaking, and mixed media. My favourite subjects are landscapes, houses, streets, gardens, and people. I work from life and from my own photographs, capturing images that attract my sense of beauty, colour, shape, and form, as well as an emotional connection, all of which are drawn out in the process of creating the art.

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MARJORIE MOESER

At the Edge of Time
Acrylic
24” x 30”
$1,500
Comment: The acrylic paint is used with glazes and mediums to create an encaustic look.

Mainly a landscape painter, Marjorie Moeser paints semi-abstract compositions. Her style is expressionist, painterly, with a palette of riotous colour.

Come Fly with Me
Acrylic skins collage
6” x 6″
$100
Comment: Instead of acrylic paint applied with a brush, the painting is created by using acrylic skins. (The acrylic paint dried and built up on my palette, is scraped/peeled off the palette and used, collage-like, on the canvas.)

For the exhibit, Refractive Moments, her paintings show her using the acrylic medium in a different manner than is her norm. The subject matter is far more abstract. On a highly textured surface, using the process of layering, pigments are combined with glazes and assorted mediums, she creates the semblance of encaustic. In another approach, she recycles, dried acrylic paint build-up from her palette, which she calls acrylic skins. She applies these skins to the canvas, collage- like, so the end results are heavily textured surfaces bursting with colour.

moemar98@hotmail.com

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JOANNE NELSON

New Explorations
Mixed media on paper
24″ x 30″ Unframed
NFS

As per the title of this show, Refractive Moments, I recently decided to try a new direction in my painting while staying home due to Covid-19. I wanted to work much more intuitively as part of my self-discovery. This is a work in progress, as am I.

joannenelsonart@gmail.com
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facebook.com/Joanne Torch Nelson 

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JANICE PICH

Shattered
Acrylic on canvas
20″ x 16″
$575

I am familiar creating with acrylic paint, but have never done a painting in an abstract style before. It definitely pushed me out of my comfort zone.

I had to make myself go with just expression through feeling and try not to overthink it. It was an experience that pushed my boundaries and made me create in a way that was challenging and new.

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JANET F. POTTER

Around and About
Oil and cold wax
12″ x 15″ with a glass frame
$600

As an artist I have become totally indulged in recyclable materials from frames….paints…paper..to rebuilding materials.  When I find a new source of materials l will draw out the plan and with my tools will create!  With a wide range of art techniques I will compose and create a Zen Style of art for the viewer.

Wireless In and Out
Recyclable wire from WAAC 3rd floor electrical wire replacements Woven and placed on top of recyclable packing paper
28.5″ x 13.5″ with wooden frame
$500

jfpotter@sympatico.ca

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TED SCOTT

Fire #7583
Digital photography
20″ x 15″
$375

MOVING SUBJECTS

From my completed photography project, “FALLING FABRICS”, to the new one, “FIRE”, I continued with subjects moving too fast for the eye to see, but of subjects quite different from each other.

Having made a series of pictures of falling fabrics which were moving too quickly for me to see at the time what images I had recorded, I started a new project of making pictures of fire whose flames danced, likewise, too fast for me to see.

Fire #7723
Digital photography
20″ x 11″
$275

I find the results in the final images, in both projects, to be interesting. The shapes of the photographically “frozen” subjects are quite beautiful. In these instances, as in many others, photography allows the appreciation of beauty which, in real life, passes too quickly to be realized.

ted@tedscott.com
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tedscott.net

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DENIZ SEKER

A Portrait of a Mushroom Lady 1
Painted on Altered Vintage Postcard
9″ x 7″ Framed
$150

I experimented with altering a vintage postcard and embroidery self- portrait works for the Refraction Art Show.

Advice from a Mushroom Lady: “Cure yourself, with the light of the sun and the rays of the moon, With the sound of the river and the waterfall. With the swaying of the sea and the fluttering of birds. Heal yourself, with the mint leaves, with neem and eucalyptus. 
Sweeten yourself with lavender, rosemary, and chamomile. Hug yourself with the cocoa bean and a touch of cinnamon. Put love in tea instead of sugar.
And take it looking at the stars. Heal yourself , with the kisses that the wind gives you and the hugs of the rain.
Get strong with bare feet on the ground and with everything that is born from it. Get wiser every day by listening to your intuition. Heal yourself, with beautiful love, and always remember You are the medicine.” Maria Sabina

A Portrait of a Mushroom Lady 2
Embroidered on Organza Fabric
9″ x 7″ Framed
$170

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JOCELYN SHAW

The Lighted Stairway
Pastel
13″ x 17″
$300

“Mounting the stairway in the AGO to the higher levels the light from the transept was so bright as to almost obscure the surroundings. It became my focus for the moment as I climbed.”

jocies@sympatico.ca

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JOAN SOLOMON

Soft Circle Hooked Rug
Burlap and yarn
7.5″ x 7.5″
$35

The first Art piece I decided to make for the Refractive Art Show is a small hooked rug, 7.5 inches by 7.5 inches. I am inspired to try rug hooking as it is a medium that is new for me. Online, I located the Deanne Fitzpatrick Studio, info@hookingrugs.com. I purchased a small kit which arrives with burlap, yarn and rug hook. Hooking this rug was different from any art or craft work I have tried. In the photo of the rug, I’ve placed it on a table. I could also be mounted on a canvas and hung on the wall. 

Spring Flower
Acrylic paint and Japanese paper on canvas
8″ x 10″
$30

The second piece I’ve chosen is a collage titled, “Spring Flower”. This is my first time creating with mixed media, paper, Acrylic paint and clay. I thought to emphasize light with the Japanese paper and life with an  anticipated spring flower. For me, both pieces feel fresh! I value the time I took to create this work.

joansolomon@sympatico.ca

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ANITA STEIN

Collision Course
Inks on unstretched canvas
50″ x 44″
$1,000

I work very hard as an artist to continue to study and learn.  These two submissions are very different from each other.  One is free and intuitive the other is a practiced form of “a bridge” in which the work touches one side of the work and continues to the other side.  Both are very different.  Both are very exciting to work on.

 

Unabridged
Mixed media on watercolour paper
18″ x 24″
$300

I have painted for most of my life.   I started to pursue painting seriously many years ago after working in the corporate world and raising my family.  I love to play with colour and texture to  create something beautiful.   What drives me to paint on a deeper level is the undeniable growth that I experience from the creative process.  Learning to let go, to trust,  to think outside the box, to listen to my intuition and to be more courageous.  I understand the vulnerabilities of intuitive work and the connection with the observer.  This passion leaves me continually learning and growing as an artist.

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SALLY THURLOW

Learning Canoe, 1998
Silk organza, birch veneer ribbing, tailor’s chalk, embroidery, mother of pearl buttons, steel pins, pine cradle
92.5cm x 240cm x 60cm
NFS
I spent the 1970’s making one of a kind pieces of clothing from beautiful antique upholstery and drapery fabrics. Time passed, nurturing children, receiving more art education. In 1998 I made my first sculptural piece; an eight foot long child’s “Learning Canoe” from two layers of white silk organza covering birch veneer ribbing. “Canoe Dreamings” followed; eleven more, from driftwood, transport truck tires, to Japanese rice paper, fibreglass, and beyond. 

Recurrent Patterns (Installation view), 2020
10 of 40 vintage fabric bolsters (in foreground), cotton filling, zippered
6″ x 24″ x 12″ each
NFS
(Will make to order in the same size)

Following that, years of recycling materials closer to home like driftwood, small and large scale, transmuted into figurative forms, along with flotsam and jetsam, endlessly incorporated.

Just before COVID… I wanted soft, portable seating for small gatherings. I returned to these vintage textiles, collaging them into minimal, beautiful seating; bolsters – for meditation or conversations, as each bolster was assigned an archetype. My materials came full circle but with a sculptural twist, making space to foster reflection, deliberation and discussion.

sallythurlow1@gmail.com

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VIRGINIA TRIELOFF

Disillusionment
Oil on canvas
11″ x 14″
$240

virginia@trielof.ca

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