Murder of Crows
The Pugwash Artists' Collective
Opening July 28, 7pm-9pm
Runs July 28-August 16
‘The crow is mythic, mundane & raucous. It's all cawology to me. I've used several types of media with my crows, depending on my inspiration at the moment. My joy is to create!’ Bonnie loves experimenting with different techniques. “It’s like opening a present – you never know what you’ll get. Bonnie lives in Pugwash, NS and designs pewter giftware.
‘My theme is family in crow's lives. The connection among them strong as any. In the larger piece I'm hanging, they have eggs in the nest and one parent has brought back a gift to the nest.’ Kelly is a Canadian fibre artist residing in Nova Scotia. For over 10 years Kelly has been preoccupied with the manipulation of fabric: its variety of textures, subtleties of colour, and possibilities of form and function in design. This preoccupation has led Kelly to an inimitable approach to fibre art.
‘Out of metal, I have created a "murder of crows" in different postures set in motion. The golden ratio is used in balancing the flight of the birds. Caw….caw’ Diane welds together and assembles found-object metal pieces to create whimsical and kinetic sculpture.
‘I approached the subject with humour and produced cartoon like crows in two medium new to me: hooking and drawing. Enjoying the process I started an Instagram account titled thesquarecrow. For this show I have changed from my normal medium to explore the theme in fibre and drawing.’ Catherine Bussiere is a Canadian photographer and filmmaker based in Nova Scotia. Her work, at once candid and thoughtful, explores home in all of its senses. Through her lens we steal a glimpse into the deferential intimacy of the everyday, and the surprise it holds.
Louise Cloutier is an artist and educator living in Nova Scotia. She has employed her variegated skills to Painting, Sculpture, and Architecture, creating visually arresting works. She taught art at Pugwash District High school for twenty-five years. She is founder of ArtQuarters, Pugwash where she offers art instruction to all ages. For her work for Murder of Crows she applied the Golden Ratio.
‘My inspiration for "A Murder of Crows" has come easily, as crows are intelligent, sentient creatures that are incredibly smart, and thus are an easy subject.’ Jennifer grew up in northern B.C. in the woods. After extensive traveling across the country, she ended up at the Fredericton Craft College and in the mud. Her work has taken on a colourful oceanic display of colour which has an alluring and calming effect on the eye of the viewer.
‘Hooking by the sea with a gaggle crows living their lives within my view, makes me want to join them... to fly, to caw, to chase away grackles. My six crows represent gold as the nursery rhyme goes, associated with
wealth, magic, passion, sparkle, glitz, and glamour. Donna has found her joy as a fibre artist designing brightly coloured mats and wall hangings that often depict life on the seashore. Over the past eleven years she has exhibited and sold her works in numerous solo or group shows and creates commission work as well.. She is a member of ATHA and RGHNS and Remsheg Hookers.
‘For me the moment of explanation is in the past. All I can offer is for someone else to be in the moment.’ Archan is a visual artist living in Nova Scotia. She works on understanding her emotional landscape through different mediums. Rather than explaining her artwork and, therefore, hindering the beholder to establish their own ideas about the artwork, she would like the onlooker to give her an explanation of what the artwork provokes in them. Archan’s work has been exhibited internationally. Follow her on: http://streetsridge.blogspot.ca/“
‘Artistic creativity provides for me a tool to express my thoughts about our existence and the purpose of our lives, here and now. My desire to communicate ideas and thoughts of whom and what we are, our common human struggles, comes from my own quest to gain a deeper understanding of life, spirituality and consciousness. My desire to create thought-provoking work has always been prevalent.” Mary is a self-taught artist who uses a variety of media to express her intent.
‘The theme ‘Murder of Crows’ made me think of all the fables and tales in which crows were the central characters, where they were used to symbolize dark deeds and wayward intentions. Which led to side-stepping into imagined folk tales where ‘Crow’ becomes the teller of new possible, and impossible stories.’ Norene works in acrylic, watercolour and mixed media, enjoying the play of words and imagery, to find her way into a work or series of works.
Sarah Witney ‘A crow caws out A voice finds courage Truth is released’ Currently from inside Art Quarters in Pugwash, Sarah continues to learn and let happen. Her participation with the Pugwash Art Collective is much like a crow in a " Murder of Crows "