Peer Gallery October 15-26. 2016
It has been over three years since I've had an exhibition of my work! Much has happened during that time and this exhibition will give me the opportunity to take stock.
I've called the exhibition 'Passing Time' because I have been spending a good deal of time thinking about my mother's struggle with Alzheimer's disease - and my attempt to come to grips with it.
The exhibition will feature two kinds of art. The first, landscape paintings, is intended to encapsulate fleeting moments of beauty that have helped sustain me as I've watched my mother’s slow, but steady, decline. These paintings are moody and hopeful - inspired by ordinary moments, like the changing colours of the night sky over the lake where my parents live. The paintings are a reminder to me of time passing - far too quickly.
The second set of artworks are the direct result of passing time with my mother over the past few years as she naps in her favourite chair. It is a collection of handmade wraps and bags.
My mother’s mother taught me to knit and crochet when I was about thirteen. When I visit mom I often take along skeins of yarn, the kind she enjoyed rolling into balls for her own mother when she was a girl. This brings back pleasant memories we can share together, if only for a few minutes. In addition, I think it's sometimes comforting for her to see me knitting in the chair beside her when she wakes between naps, especially during our long winter afternoons together.
A small preview of works for the exhibition can be viewed by clicking here.