January 7th – February 5th
Deer Lake Gallery
Tues – Sun: 12:00pm – 4:00pm Free drop-in admission
Juxtaposing Hotz’s near-photographic, technical paintings with Iwasiuk’s more metaphorical and emotional series, these artists contemplate and celebrate the environment and conditions that create connections to place and between people. Notions of kinship, legacy and reciprocity inform both artists’ bodies of work.
Eric Hotz – The medium I choose to work is acrylic paints on watercolour paper, illustration board, and canvas. The goal of my art is to draw attention to the natural beauty that exists within 2-hours or less distance from where I live. I give the viewers the opportunity to view the local beauty that is often ignored so that it can be recognized, enjoyed, and preserved for future generations. My artwork is highly unusual because I create near-photographic artworks using various tech niques I was taught while attending art school and also from my years of extensive art experimen tation. When working on watercolour paper and illustration board, I combine black ink into my paintings to help create the intricate details I observe in nature. At art shows, my artwork is often mistaken for photography but my art is really highly detailed technical nature paintings. My acryl ic paintings on canvas do not employ the use of black ink but are still mistaken for photography. I never shy from technical detail.
Sonya Iwasiuk – This series is about connections; connections to family, friends, nature, my country, my world and their histories (from the beginning) and their stories. It speaks of past connections to ancestry and the people who walked before us; the spirits of the departed and the memories and legacies they left us. It tells of the present, the past two years living within a pandemic. Maintaining our connections was difficult. We could not gather and at times had to shelter in place, isolate. Though we could not be with each other physically, we found ways of connecting. Utilizing online platforms and apps, we reached out, so we could maintain and nurture the connections that were so important to us. The houses in this series speak of shelter and of the importance of home, family and a safe place to be. The thread lines symbolize the unseen emotional connections between us and bonding through space online, invisible ties holding us together while apart. The gold areas represent hope for the future; hope that we don’t go all the way back to normal. The hope that we have learned much from this saga, and going forward we have realized and remember what is truly important to us and stay the course.