Exhibition: Passages

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For more information on this exhibition contact Joanne Hamel
(780) 488-6611 ext 231  | acc@albertacraft.ab.ca


October 6 – December 24, 2012
Exhibition Reception: Saturday, October 6 from 2 – 4 pm
Alberta Craft Council Feature Gallery – 10186 – 106 Street, Edmonton AB

Passages is an exhibition that combines the projects of four artists exploring the concept of time and place using different techniques; knitting, quilting, embroidery, and ceramics. Margie Davidson (Edmonton, AB) recorded her year a stitch at a time in her project: Measuring a Year by the Minute. She knit sixty stitches per row, 24 rows per day and at the end of the year the project was an astounding 120 feet in length. Marcy Horswill’s (Cumberland, BC) fibre work, Through the Other Side of the Fence, explores the adaptive relationship between wild roses and a metal fence, showing how the human-built conforms to the natural environment over time. The Isolation Project by Alana Wilson (Edson, AB) and Bridget Fairbank (Nelson, BC), records two lives spent in the isolation of the Canadian wilderness as fire tower observers. Bridget Fairbank’s uses 126 small ceramic plates to represent each day that she spent alone in a fire tower during her seasonal job. By altering each dish, Bridget’s personal take of daily isolation by way of routine is imposed upon each plate. Alana Wilson created small embroideries exploring ideas and pressures she feels as an isolated female in her early thirties.

Measuring a Year by the Minute

Margie Davidson (Edmonton, AB)

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Measuring a Year by the Minute
(in the making),Margie Davidson

As the song in the play Rent states, a year is “five hundred twenty-five thousand six hundred minutes”. I mused about how I could represent this large a number visually. I knit prayer shawls as a meditative practice as well as samples for a course that I co-lead with Janet Armstrong at the Naramata Centre. What if I expanded my knitting practice and knit one stitch for each minute? The result is a knitted sculpture measuring 20 inches wide and 150 feet long. I commenced working on this piece on April 23, 2011 and knit on it every day for the following year. The colours of the yarn have been chosen to reflect the changing seasonal colours of the vegetation in my back yard and the river valley green space in Edmonton. Documentation of the process includes photographs of nature used as colour inspiration for the work, and photos recording the progress of the work. Fabric tags attached to the work indicate the number of days and the calendar dates knitted.

Margie Davidson is a quilt artist and surface designer. She loves teaching quilting (and knitting) and enjoys sharing ideas about colour theory and design principles.  A quilt maker for over 25 years, Margie’s art quilts have been exhibited in local and national shows across Canada as well as in Ireland, New Zealand and the USA. 

The Other Side of the Fence

Marcy Horswill (Cumberland, BC)

The main focus of this MFA project is to explore the adaptive relationship between wild roses and a metal gridded fence found on the edge of a golf course beside a small forest near my former home in Northern Alberta. My theory is that this interactive relationship is a metaphor for the connection between humans and the natural environment. I am principally interested in how the human-built fence conforms, over time, back to the natural shapes of the wild rose and is eventually overtaken and deteriorates. Despite the invasive human interaction with the natural environment in the act of fence-building, the wild rose grows back from its root system, adapts to its new surroundings and continues to flourish.

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Reaching Out, Marcy Horswill

While I feel passionately about the seriousness of the negative impact humans can have upon the environment, I am choosing to look at the other side of the fence… literally. There are many plants that become endangered and eventually extinct due to human contact; however, there are also many plants(such as the wild rose) that are walked on, dug up, ploughed under and littered upon, yet they grow again and again and continue to flourish.

Marcy Horswill received her Master of Fine Arts majoring in Fibre Art through Warnborough College in Ireland in 2011.  Her work with fibre began in 1989 as an artisan dying silk scarves. When she relocated to a tiny northern British Columbia community her exploration turned towards quilting.  Since then, she has gained nearly twenty years of quilting experience and has participated in many group exhibitions across Canada.

The Isolation Project

Bridget Fairbank (Nelson, BC) and Alana Wilson (Hinton, AB)

In the winter of 2009, Bridget Faribank and Alana Wilson met at the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design and since then they have shared similar experiences as fire tower observers in Northern Alberta.  Their isolation has resulted in the contemplation of self, of society, of what solitude means, of how it functions and of how it affects us all.  The Isolation Project exhibits each artist’s manifestation of solitude and in turn invites the viewer to acknowledge their personal story of solitude and isolation.

Bridget Fairbank:

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Time Line Montage,

Bridget Fairbank

My inspiration for The Isolation Project came as I traveled across Canada collecting plates and contemplating time. I regarded the extensive highway lines, thinking of the solitary summer regimented by routine that lay ahead as a fire tower observer. What would happen if the rhythm in which the day occurred was represented by space and line? Time never passes at a uniform pace. Each interval of action is different. When a collection of lines is made, the thickness, uniformity and space between each line all speak to us visually as a concept of speed and pace. By altering each dish, adding lines in overglaze pigments, my personal tale of daily routine is imposed upon each plate.

Bridget Fairbank’s studied ceramics at the Kootenay School of the Arts at Selkirk College, Nova Scotia College of Art and Design and at the Australian National University.  She has participated in exhibitions across Canada and currently has a studio in Nelson, BC.

Alana Wilson:

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Sampling of embroidery,

Alana Wilson

My inspiration for this work began with the work of artists such as  Margaret Kilgallen and Barry McGee, the availability of materials in a remote situation, and the idea of capturing my scattered thoughts in an esthetically pleasing way. The fire tower season is always a time of deep personal contemplation and questioning. My contribution to The Isolation Project is a look at some of the ideas and pressures I ruminate on and feel as an isolated female in my early thirties. In this post feminist era where establishing a career for myself is important, I still feel a societal and parental pressure to settle down and have children. I often question my desire to do, or not do so. This has become a seemingly more commonplace perspective in a time when more women are remaining independent for a longer period of time and attempting to find strength and fulfillment in themselves.

Alana Wilson received her Bachelor of Fine Arts from the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design majoring in ceramics in 2010.  That year she participated in the NASCAD/New Glasgow Community Artist in Residency and the following that the Sturt Contemporary Centre Artist in Residency in Mittagong, Australia.  She is currently in Hinton, AB working as a Fire Tower Observer.


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