If you’re in Cape Breton, Nova Scotia, Canada this month, stop by to see Small Treasures at the Inverness County Centre for the Arts, on from June 30th to July 29th, 2018. It’s a show featuring small works in a variety of mediums – from painting to sculpture and even video installation – from an international roster of artists, and I’m proud and excited that my painting, Let Us Pull Down The Stars was chosen to be part of the exhibition!
The show was juried by former Art Gallery of Nova Scotia curator Ray Cronin, who stated that he was impressed with the quality of entries and with the curation of the Small Treasures show at the Inverness County Centre for the Arts.
Centre for the Arts curator Page Simon says, “It is a prestigious show, not because that many people worldwide know about the Inverness County arts centre, but because we have a very well-known juror. So being picked for the show by Ray Cronin is a big feather in one’s cap.”
Let Us Pull Down The Stars is one of the first pieces I made in my Mare Incognitum series, which is inspired by the myriad properties of water – its rhythmic fluidity, its changeability, and the infinite variables of its colours and forms. The properties of water act as visual cues to the sensory experience of nature, and also to the idea of navigating uncharted waters. My idea throughout this series is to explore the way that order and balance can emerge from chaos and cacophony, and how calm is often present under turbulent surfaces. I tap into my own memories and emotions to harness both the deep joys of remembered experience and the tension of things that may not be comfortable.
And with that, I’m off to dive into the cool, dark waters of the lake!