JANE WHITTEN & LISA WRIGHT
‘2 New Peers’
OPENING SATURDAY, MAY 21, 1:00 – 4:00
PEER GALLERY, 167 LINCOLN STREET, LUNENBURG
GALLERY HOURS: DAILY, MAY 21 – JUNE 1, NOON – 4:00PM
It is so exciting to be back in the Peer Gallery fold. After so many years away focusing on a ‘regular’ day job I can now get back to playing with materials and techniques. I gather ‘flotsam and jetsam’ and explore ways of reusing it. If I have enough of something I can make a form out of it – I just have to figure out what the material brings to the table and what I need to do to create the desired form – weave, knit, crochet, etc.
Underlying my experimentation with materials, techniques and structures, is my passion and concern for the environment. These play an important, often subconscious, part in the materials of choice and my final forms.
My mind is humming with all the creative possibilities of Peer Gallery. I find I’m searching for something more in my painting. Just when I think I have learned how to live and paint, life changes. My mind needs a turn. Oil sticks are the new kids on the block for me. They give me gorgeous lines, vibrant colours and subtle transitions. The oils make me think differently; dramatic or subtle, smooth or coarse. Creative searching can be murky process – there is always a push to keep looking. If I change the way I look at the canvas, the painting might destabilize. It could resist closure. You never know. When I finally saw this new collection of acrylic paintings and oil paintings together, it startled me. That’s a sweet spot.