Kidd is one of Canada’s preeminent artists working in textile. She lives in Salt Spring Island. The exhibition encompasses the tapestry series Curiosities, Wonderland, Land Sentence and Phenomena. In nightmarish visions of genetic modification, Curiosities depicts parts of various organisms spliced together to form alluring chimeras. The shaped weavings of Land Sentence are based on satellite photographs of environmental devastation. Kidd’s commitment to handwork in realizing these images of technology run amok is remarkably apt.
A catalogue with an essay by Amy Gogarty accompanies the exhibition, together with a tapestry fragment for tactile exploration.
Image: Jane Kidd, Curiosities, Pairing #6,woven tapestry on wooden board, 2016. Photo credit: John Cameron
Drawn from the MSVU Collection, these works of art incorporate household textiles such as bedding, a tea towel, table linens and discarded clothing. The domestic references are embedded in works whose imagery also engages with gender politics and world events.
The various artists share a collage approach to composition, and their works display techniques ranging from assemblage, dying, printing and hooking to embroidery, appliqué, stuffing and stitching. Frances Dorsey, Nancy Edell, Svava Juliusson, Leslie Sampson and Anna Torma are the contributing artists. Dorsey’s Shot through the Heart is a recently acquired fabric assemblage that has not previously been exhibited.
The exhibition’s title is the translation of Hupfield’s late mother’s Anishinaabe name. The mother’s painting of Georgian Bay is framed by two filmed performances by Hupfield and her siblings, reviving connections among kin. Throughout the exhibition tour, a live performance revisits themes of connection. Additional works include handmade felt replicas of objects such as mitts, boots and a canoe, contextualized with videos showing their animation in performance.
The exhibition is a production of The Power Plant Contemporary Art Gallery, Toronto in partnership with Southern Alberta Art Gallery, Lethbridge; Galerie l’UQAM, Montréal; Mount Saint Vincent University Art Gallery, Halifax; and Canadian Cultural Centre, Paris. It was sponsored by TD Bank Group and supported by Julia & Robert Foster, in addition to the financial support of the Ontario Arts Council and the Canada Council for the Arts.
PERFORMANCE Saturday 17 March at 2-4pm
Artists Raven Davis, Ursula Johnson and Amy Malbeuf (resident artist at NSCAD) have been invited by Maria Hupfield to join her in a performance in the gallery. The artists will activate selected works from the exhibition, generating a multi-sensory spectacle and exchange of ideas across cultures and disciplines.
Hupfield’s collaborative approach to sustaining trust and support is informed by her seven-year involvement in the Brooklyn Performance Art community.
A relaxed reception with refreshments will follow the performance. ASL interpretation will be provided.