|Migration with Day Tripper and Night Dance in the background|
The SHIFT exhibition opening was a wonderful night! The show was very well attended by an enthusiastic audience. To open the show, only Barbra Edwards's dramatic paintings were in the exhibition space.
|Beautiful World and Form Speaks to Form|
both 54 x 48" oil / wax on panel
|Grey Rhythm 48 x 72"|
oil on canvas with Confluence in foreground
My pieces came out individually on models, bringing each piece to life with movement...living sculpture. After each model walked though the gathered crowd, she took her position in the exhibition, as the pieces would be displayed for the duration of the show. Then everyone had the opportunity to move into the exhibition space to interact with and view in detail the paintings and felt pieces. It was a fantastic evening!
Barbra and I worked separately on our pieces through the spring/early summer and only shared hints of our directions in our work. We had never met before being paired for this exhibition and only met twice throughout the process, each working in our separate studios, on our separate islands. In our occasional conversations though, the most amazing relationships in our work began to become apparent, as well as commonalities in life experiences. Barbra's palette is bold, but always has an earthy base. My use of plant dyes is the same. This guaranteed some cohesion in our exhibition. But the degree of cohesion could not have been foretold or expected to be as amazing as it is here.
|L to R|
SHIFT #3 with Rift
Creature Love (48 x 60" oil on canvas) with Stratum in foreground
Day Tripper 60 x 43"
mixed media with oil
|Rift with SHIFT #1 (diptych)16 x 32" oil/with wax|
|Beautiful World 54 x 48" oil /wax on panel with Hegira (right)|
Great and insightful reviews in the newspaper today, and two of my pieces sold! I feel very fortunate to have had this opportunity to get to know Barbra and her work. And to the Salt Spring Arts Council for pairing us in this exhibition. I'll be etching out some quiet moments at the gallery over the next week to soak up the relationship of these pieces. Together, greater than the sum of the parts...
You can read our artists statements here.
And see more of Barbra's work here.