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Robert Reid, Waterloo Region Record
Sat Oct 19 2013
A trio of fall exhibitions at the Homer Watson Gallery draws inspiration and themes from nature.
The artists include Kathryn Bemrose, Cathy Farwell and Nicole Waddick.
An Artist Talk will be held Saturday from 1 through 3 p.m.
As its title suggests, the oil paintings comprising The Above Series are based on aerial views that place the viewer above and looking down on the image.
The largest work, Where Two Oceans Meet, show an island bisecting two bodies of water as seen from an airplane.
Smoked, Day Shift, Quarry Lake and Above Industry are brooding tonal studies of industrialization.
Centre Parking is inspired by motor vehicle tracks in the snow as viewed from Waddick’s second storey studio.
Relative Distance consists of nine patinated copper panels and a sculptural installation featuring nine patinated copper boxes of various rectangular shapes and sizes.
The works are inspired by the landscape of New Zealand Farwell viewed during a voyage around the picturesque island coastline.
The etching process the artist employs uses common household materials including ammonia, salt and water.
The seven acrylic paintings, three sculptural wall pieces and six stoneware sculptures comprising Strata were inspired by the rolling landscape and big sky of southeastern Saskatchewan around Medicine Hat. Waddick visited the area as part of an artist residency program.
The series of Saskatchewan Sunset paintings employs curvaceous, pastel brush strokes.
October in the Porcupine Hills No. 1 is the most representational picture, featuring bands of colour (yellow-brown, dark grey and light grey).
The pair of Land Plant Amalgam sculptures brings to mind floral or even female forms. In contrast, the five Ascoma sculptures are spherical with gently curved surface contours.
The trio stoneware wall reliefs are based on lichen that proliferates in the harsh prairie environment.