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Inside/Outside is the exploration of the essence of a “box”. Boxes define boundaries; boundaries that can either be physical or conceptual. It acts as a depository for dreams, mementos, or fears. The shape and its function (container/contained) are archetypal. This structure becomes the perfect metaphor for understanding our personal relationships with the “other” that surrounds us. In order to consolidate ideas and still retain creative freedom, the collective has chosen two premises from which to work: all work will be presented in white boxes and the box will form an integral part of the work. Each artist has interpreted these basic concepts as they understand them within their own practices.
Alder Creek draws from a personal place of time and place. Using acrylic and mixed media Marion Anderson has captured the personality of nature. With a gestured line Anderson creates an interpretation of the human perspective of trees, sky and wetlands. She captures the beauty and harshness of a bog in winter and the clear night sky seen looking up through the protective branches of great trees. The subtle imperfections caught in the textured backgrounds and foregrounds add interest and are reminiscent of layers of aged water-stained canvases, tarnish on silver and sun faded fabric. Within these images we see the reflection of ourselves and our relationship with nature.
The Last Supper takes a direct view of our human struggle with our environment. Kerry Ross notes that “pain is the truth of art. Truth is laid bare, somewhere between the layers of pigment and a gessoed canvas.” Ross explores, interrogates and examines the world around her through the revelatory quality of representational portraiture. The people that she sees on her travels serve as her landscape to explore issues such as contemporary isolation and social marginalization. Through their faces, Ross reveals the fragility of the human spirit and makes prominent that which is not. In the narrow space between the glazes of oil paint and canvas, she hopes to expose a window into a private self. “I am what they were, and they are what I will be.” In partnership with the Food Bank of Waterloo Region, Ross invites viewers to participate in the installation by placing a non-perishable food item somewhere within the exhibit.