Biographica : Carol Collicutt
Opening Sunday, August 28, 1 – 3 pm, with an artist talk at 1:30 pm.
ARTsPLACE is excited to announce that New Brunswick based Artist, Carol Collicutt will be at ARTsPLACE Gallery, Annapolis Royal, to install her exhibition Biographica. The show will run through October 9. Carol will be at ARTsPLACE for a two week residency from August 29, variable hours.
For this exhibition Carol has drawn from 3 bodies of photographic, or photo based work, all of which address the concepts of memory and identity.
The first series, which consists of large photographs printed on mylar and mounted on dibond, deals with memory as an obscured moment in time. Shot through glass, these photographs express memory as indistinct and hazy. Using photographs of the artist as a child and at various points in her adulthood, the idea of recall as unreliable and subjective is emphasized by the distortion and addition of colour of various glass objects. The line “through a glass, darkly” a common phrase in western literature, informed the work.
Altered photographs shot in layers, make up the second series. They are shot on mylar, painted on, scratched, and marked, then re-shot and printed on watercolour paper and mounted on dibond. The subject matter varies from architectural views, to landscapes, but in all cases the finished photographs are again mysterious and not quite realistic. Memory is still the driving force, but manifested in dream-like, unreal environments.
The third series, begun in January 2016 and still in progress, uses archival family photographs, printed in large scale, and directly drawn and written on. These are directly biographical, and autobiographical, since the text and added content relate directly to the photographs in either a subjective or an objective way. Of the work, Carol states “….the idea of stored experience of an individual fascinates and absorbs me”.
Carol Collicutt was born and grew up in Halifax graduating from Dalhousie University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in English Literature, and later from St. Thomas University with a Bachelor of Education. She received her art training at the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design in Halifax, where she focused on drawing and painting.
Carol was President of Gallery Connexion 2004 – 2010, and her involvement with the Board of Gallery Connexion extends back some 20 years. She is an avid supporter of artist-run culture in New Brunswick.
She has maintained a studio in Fredericton for 30 years. Primarily a mixed media artist, she has recently turned to photography as a vehicle for her work on memory and identity, themes which have permeated her work for many years.
Carol has been the recipient of 6 Creation Grants from artsnb, the most recent in 2015, and her work is represented in the New Brunswick Art Bank as well as many corporate and private collections.
How We Are Talking
2015-16 Mentorship Program Exhibition
Artist Talk: Saturday, August 6 at 1pm
Exhibition closes August 7th at 3pm
Join us for an artist talk by emerging artists Claudia Legg and Alice MacLean on August 6th at 1pm at The Craig Gallery. The artists will be discussing their work in the exhibition and reflecting on their experience in the program. The Visual Arts Nova Scotia 2015-16 Mentorship Program Exhibition How We Are Talking ends August 7th, so make sure you catch this great exhibition with work from Anna Taylor, Sophie Paskins, Alice MacLean and Claudia Legg and their mentors Becka Barker, Mathew Reichertz, Ian McKinnon and James MacSwain. Learn more about the artists and their work.
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Visual Arts Nova Scotia gratefully acknowledges core funding for the Mentorship Program and exhibition from The Craig Foundation. The program is also supported by the Nova Scotia Department of Communities, Culture and Heritage, the Halifax Regional Municipality, and The Craig Gallery.
The Craig Gallery is located at Alderney Landing, 2 Ochterloney St. in Dartmouth, NS. The gallery is open to the public Sunday: 11am – 3pm, Tuesday – Friday: 12pm – 5:30pm, and Saturday: 9am – 5pm. For further information on The Craig Gallery, please visit www.alderneylanding.com/
Image details (clockwise from top left): Claudia Legg, Seeking, vinyl and Plexiglas, variable dimensions, 2016; Alice MacLean, untitled, oil on canvas, 36″ x 48″, 2016; Anna Taylor, Moral Code, cotton thread on linen, 26″ x 24″, 2016; Sophie Paskins, Mindscape I, oil and pencil on canvas, 48″ x 36″, 2016.
Annual Show and Sale at The Craig Gallery
“She’s Called Nova Scotia”
Then the beautiful landscapes continue through September with
Carol Morrison’s “Maritime Scenes – Over the Edge”
Opening Reception Wednesday, August 31st, 7-9PM
Exhibit Dates September 1 – 25
Office Hours Monday – Friday 9am – 3pm.