Opening Reception: July 23, 2022
If you were to visualize the connections that extend out from yourself into the world, what do they look like? Consider a bag carrying your essentials, or a or even a flower that you’ve watched grow and bloom on your daily walk. How does it look and feel? What colour is it? What maintains that connection, prevents it from breaking?
This exhibition asks its viewers to consider your presence in the context of the world around you. A paradigm shift is created. Adriele creates a different view on common everyday objects. Nicole changes in our mindset towards our natural surroundings. Through ideas, shapes and forms, the artists here present works and ideas that challenge ones perspective through the use of traditional and non-traditional mediums.
You are invited to see, ponder, and reflect on these shifting forms.
About the artists
Nicole Young is an artist based on the traditional, unceded and occupied territories of the Musqueam, Squamish and Tsleil-Waututh First Nations (Vancouver, BC.) Working in the confluence of visual arts, environmentalism and storytelling, Nicole’s works are as much science experiments as they are conversations on ways to approach climate justice. She creates her own pigments and dyes out of plant matter and minerals as a way to deepen her connection with the land, and to create a dialogue about waste-free practices. Any leftover textiles, papers and canvas are always used in future paintings. Moving seamlessly between large scale textile installations, works on canvas, garments and graceful drawings, Nicole’s works aesthetically resemble collage while maintaining their painterly qualities.
Born in Ontario, Nicole earned a BFA from UBCO in Visual Arts and Art History, and studied studio arts and art history at UCLA. Her work has been exhibited in Canada and abroad since 2010, and her paintings are in private collections throughout the globe.
While my work has so much to do with land, I do not wish to present the viewer with a realistic interpretation of a landscape. Instead, my goal is to convey the connections formed between various plants, the patterns that occur in the wild, and the memories that nature leaves behind in our minds. I approach my work with the mentality that nothing will be wasted during the creation process, and this idea affects the way I create everything from paper studies to large scale installations. Any leftover textiles, papers and canvas are always used in future paintings. All of the pigments I use come from plant and mineral sources, and the gathering of materials and production of pigments is of equal importance to the creation of the final work itself. I combine dyed textiles, painted scraps and layered inks in a delicate balance between intuition and exploration. In making these paintings I am demonstrating the value of working with the land, and creating art within a circular economy.
Adriele Au is a second generation Canadian creator working and living on the traditional territories of the Coast Salish First Nations also known as Burnaby. Her work is a hybrid of painting, drawing, and sculpture using mixed media and repurposed objects which address the themes of emotions, home, time, and nostalgia. She has a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Emily Carr University of Art and Design.
Reinventing how one views common everyday objects and using traditional art mediums in unconventional ways is a constant concern in my artistic practice. Questioning the interactions we have with objects through my unexpected placement or handling allows a dialogue between the viewer and the work. My memories and my curiosity are the reference points in my abstracted or semi-representational work. Vibrant colors, textures, irregular shapes, and forms attract me most of all. Playfulness and gentle questioning accompanies my approach allowing my work to be accessible with its layered intellectual and emotional meanings behind it.ideas through the use traditional sculpture and modern technology.
Longing for Home
The pieces have the underlying theme of home and the emotional ties of home that we cannot escape from. The repetitive nature of the work speak to the joys of family and moments of celebration but also the solitary nature while being at home completing domestic work of a devotional nature like care giving or needing time away from the world like playing games. These works take on a nuanced meaning during the pandemic when one has to isolate at home, rediscovering the comforts of this but also confronting the difficult position of staying home when one would rather not be.