With nature as their inspiration, Norman and Oake explore coastal landscapes through hand-manipulated textiles. Norman uses coastal photography and embroidery techniques to illustrate the details in nature. Oake forages natural plant material from Nova Scotian landscapes to dye and print her fabric.
Artist presentation: Fri 10 Feb, 12 Noon
About their painting exhibition, the artists state, “This is a cumulative collection of work created during our time painting at NSCAD University. It is a contemplative series focusing on what it means to be human, and our connection between our bodies and minds. Josh Nicholson has focused on his Aboriginal heritage by ambiguously representing people as objects from Aboriginal culture. Alexandra Malakhova focuses on the perceptions of one’s own reality through her figurative paintings. Erin Besseau has focused on the miniscule biological aspects of the human body and the cells that make us all unique.”
Artist presentation: Wed 8 February, 12 Noon
ven cain’s subtle approach to colour and texture forms the basis for (fold), a mixed-material installation of ceramic and fibre works. Influenced by theory and a personal experience of longstanding pain, (fold) examines themes of uncertainty and disconnection.
About her exhibition, Szubielski offers, “Painting is a way of expressing my gratitude to God for life, and to nature for our beautiful world. My goal is to depict how precious the wilderness is and to instil a sense of respect for it and a willingness to act responsibly. I feel compelled to examine timeless, recurring themes. My subject matter is depicted abstractly, with use of vibrant colours to create the illusion of a continuous shift from surface to deep space.”
Artist presentation: Tues 31 January, 12 Noon
The artist states, “This woven installation comprises seven large lace panels that transform the gallery into NSCAD’s inner courtyard known as “The Deck”, an historic atrium accessible only to the university community. Six panels are constructed of unbleached linen-cotton yarn and one ikat-dyed panel vaunts earthy tones obtained from plant material. The diaphanous structure of leno-lace and the blurred appearance of ikat are meant to evoke the fleeting nature of the collective experience and memory of generations of students and faculty. Winds of Change: A Lace-scape pays homage to the nostalgia associated with NSCAD’s impending relocation and loss of an iconic architectural space.”
Fraser considers the genre of landscape imagery as an environmental subject matter. Her images of the sky are made at specific locations using timed intervals. Displayed as comparative grids, the photographs depict environmental occurrences and elements of time and space that have a topical relation to the science and culture of climate change.
Artist presentation: Wed 1 February, 12 Noon
Regarding her sculptural installation, Madeleine Scott offers, “An assemblage of objects reflect on language tied up in both the passage of time and the body. A few small shoes – some cast in bronze, others fired clay – stand in for the hands and face of a clock.”
Artist talk: Thurs 26 January, 12 Noon
Much like sketches completed while in conversation, Holmans’ works are completed without individually distinct motive, appearing intuitive and in many ways mimicking instinctive hand-gesture or brainstorming notes. About his process, he offers, “In Dinner Drawings, dissonance of image and language’s representative capacity becomes a tool used in the creation of paintings.”
Artist talk: Tues 24 January, 12 Noon
MacNeil’s work explores themes of surveillance, the act of looking and being seen. She questions how we look at each other and ourselves. Through digital images and video, MacNeil aims to demonstrate the way we interpret media and the actuality of documents.
Artist talk: Wed 25 January, 12 Noon
Using the traditional genre of observational still-life painting, Connors explores the painting of “things” to comment on diverse aspects of contemporary culture: health trends, gender, entertainment and consumption. With painterly attention to detail, she explores how palette, rendering, composition and perspective can impact content and how we perceive objects. Connors’ title is a direct reference to the ancient satirical poet Juvenal’s phrase ‘bread and circuses’, the diversions and distractions which appease the general populace whilst simultaneously fostering neglect of societal realities, civic duty and true acts of heroism.
Artist talk: Fri 27 January, 12 Noon
In her exhibition of prints, sculpture and textiles, Richards tackles the aftermath of a personal tragedy. In an attempt to find clarity from the past, she spins a narrative that depicts this near-fatal event as well as her healing process.