|Casket Cover #11 - 2009|
Mary Sullivan Holdgrafer
The original exhibit was created in 2009 for the Cheongiu International Craft Biennial in South Korea, held between September 23 and November 1 of that year, when Canada was the guest artist. Of the 200 Canadian craft artists in that show, a selection of the work of Alberta artists was made for the tour through the province that made a stop in Lacombe. Each piece was exquisite; I took photos of my favourites.
The first is a quilted piece by Mary Sullivan Holdgrafer, textile artist and, with her husband Gary, creativity coach. The quilting on it is very dense -- a tiny 'meshwork' of squares that perfectly complements the construction and design. Ms. Sullivan began her quilting journey while recovering from breast cancer. Her current focus -- she wrote in her Artist's Statement -- is the exploration of "...how joy and grief intermingle at the end of life."
|The Messenger - 2007|
|Pear Expression - 2009|
James Lavoie of Edmonton. I wanted to take them all home with me! Each pear has been given Latin nomenclature -- the artist's intention being "...to poke fun at the academics of nature and the nature of academics" -- as you can see in the example of Pyrus equuszebra (right). The collection also reminded me of my dear friend, Jeannette Douglas, who, aside from being an internationally-known designer and teacher of embroidery, is a collector of pears in all shapes and sizes.
|The Goat and the Sheep - 2009|