This is a post about an exhibition currently on view in Sault Ste Marie, Ontario at the artist run gallery, 180 projects. A friend and I made the trip last week to view it. It was my first art gallery experience in 18 months and well worth the 3+ hour drive.
The artist is Sophie Anne Edwards, one of north eastern Ontario's most intelligent and passionate advocates for culture. She is a poet, a painter, a curator, a geographer, and a long time arts administrator on Manitoulin Island. I am enriched to know her.Emerald Ash Borer.
CSARN mentee in 2018 and we talked and cried together over a period of nearly 2 years. Her ideas about materials and what she wanted to say with her artwork were strong. Why did she come to me? I think that she needed to slow down. She needed to realize the comfort of hand stitch. Although she already understood the power and intimacy of this kind of mark making, I helped her to focus on just a few of her ideas and taught her the back stitch.
|Sophie Edwards wrapped one of the ash trees near her residence|
with a bed sheet marked with red thread and hawthorns and left it for two years.
A video of her suturing this ineffectual protection is part of the exhibition.
from the artist or from 180 projects that has gorgeous photos of the exhibition and more of Sophie's own words.
The exhibition continues until July 17. 180 projects