Exhibition Opening January 17th Susan Avishai : Among the Garbage & the Flowers / K. Claire MacDonald : Fading Vestiges // Craft LAIR Merle Harley

Withered and Wiser (Detail), K. Claire MacDonald
18” x 24”, Copper and paint, mounted on wood panel (2018)


Fading Vestiges

K. Claire MacDonald

Among the Garbage & the Flowers

Susan Avishai

Mary E. Black Gallery

1061 Marginal Rd. Suite 140, Halifax, NS
Opening: Thursday January 17, 6pm
On view: January 18 – March 3, 2019
Tuesday – Friday: 9am – 5pm
Saturday & Sunday: 11am – 4pm

The Mary E. Black Gallery presents artists K. Claire MacDonald and Susan Avishai in side by side solo shows that explore memory, loss and transformation through the deconstruction/reconstruction of surface design.

Susan Avishai’s body of textile works in Among the Garbage & the Flowers began with the deconstruction of her mothers clothing. Tenderly saving the patterned material by piecing the textiles back together to form soft sculptures; a tangible transformation of memory. Among the Garbage & the Flowers provokes a dialog about material use, to reuse before discarding and to think more consciously about the longevity of what we purchase or make to clothe ourselves.

In Fading Vestiges K. Claire MacDonald applies a painted surface to metal then cuts and shapes it into delicate flowers. Gentle brush strokes and hues touch the surface of her jewelry merging these mediums of formal art and craft. Uncovering a flower press from childhood K. Claire MacDonald opened a small time capsule of perfectly preserved mementos sparking an exploration of Fading Vestiges. The artist draws on various flora as metaphors for memories of people and places.

Both Avishai and MacDonald cross disciplines and explore the deconstruction of surface patterns. Each artist mirrors the other in their use of colors creating a harmonious dialog of personal memory and material exploration in the Mary E. Black Gallery.

“I seek to embrace the intended state of uncertainty. It is in this ambiguity that traces of different disciplines can cross, tangle and dissolve, and move into a new context with greater clarity.” ~ K. Claire MacDonald


Mary E. Black Gallery recognizes the support for Susan Avishai’s exhibit that comes from the Ontario Arts Council / Counceil Des Arts De L’Ontario

For more information please contact:
Susan Charles
Director, Centre for Craft NS

Medusa, Susan Avishai
62” x 16” x 16”, Deconstructed shirts, embroidery hoop (2015)

1061 Marginal Rd. Suite 140, South of the NSCAD Port Campus and North of Pier 21 Museum. The main entrance is accessible by ramp or stairs. Our doors are not automatic, however reception staff are visible from the entryway and available to assist visitors. There is also a doorbell on the outside of the building to the left of the entrance.We have an accessible, gender neutral washroom on the main level inside and on the right.




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Centre for Craft Nova Scotia

1061 Marginal Road, Suite 140

Halifax, NS B3H 4P7