Jen Kime and Lynne Munro

Opening Reception: Friday April 5, 2013, 7 - 10 PM

Exhibition Runs From: Friday, April 5 - Saturday, April 27

Jen Kime Artist Statement

Jen Kime, New Growth, 2012
My initial approach to art-making is intuitive. Ideas often arise from everyday objects and from the details of plant and animal life I observe during my daily walks through the fields around my home. The work always begins with drawing, through which I examine and research my ideas. The actual construction of the work is always from a fairly developed concept using whatever materials are appropriate to my purpose, but it is the behaviour of the materials which dictates its final form.

The imitation of found objects with their associated meaning are brought together with seemingly disassociated elements often from the natural world. Ideas, materials and cast objects fuse through a range of repeated processes, often reminiscent of the mind-numbing repetition involved in the commercial production of consumer goods. Through these processes, the objects are liberated from their original context and conventional use, and a new identity is invented for them in order to convey new layers of meaning.

My view is somewhat dystopian. Environmental degradation is a theme in the work along with the interconnectedness of things, the relationship of nature and culture, the way we shape the landscape and how it shapes us. 

Lynne Munro Artist Statement

Lynn Munro, Rising, 2012
I consider my works in this exhibition to be objects of focus and concentration.  The Japanese Ensō, or circle, inspires my drawings.  In Zen Buddhism, Ensō is a symbol of Enlightenment (knowing the true nature of things), but for me it means being open and accepting of the present, just as it is.

I use this concept of being in the present moment to focus my mind as a way to maintain clarity and balance in a world of rapid flux and instability. This instability creates anxiety and restlessness in me, but also seems to be part of the human condition.  

The drawings are a process of accumulation. Each tiny circle is drawn using a range of “H” pencils on canvas or Japanese handmade paper, and takes one second to render. One circle is not more important than another.  Collectively, I see them as the accumulation of seconds that make up a life.  The patterns and rhythms created in the drawings are the result of the ebb and flow of what I am feeling in my body and mind at that particular moment.  The repetition of the circle produces a sense of calmness. I apply the same concept to the stitched pieces in this exhibition.

My drawings are quiet and wait to be seen and considered. I hope they open up a space for stillness and awareness in the viewer.

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