1 North Square, Cambridge, ON
It is the nature of a juried show to be eclectic, but as we viewed the 230 works from the 96 entrants, a trend emerged amongst the strong submissions for this year’s exhibition. Contrary to the lingering Victorian notions of needlework as a lady-like pastime, we encountered a decidedly subterranean tone.
We’ve used the word Beast to describe the thread connecting these works, as there seems to be a rumbling roar emanating from the fibres. Many of these pieces reveal a longing for interconnection. Some use an anthropological approach, pulling from nostalgia and history to incite a communication of sorts. The lumpen qualities of fibre are at play alongside the most refined incarnations of the media, each deftly mined to support narratives that run from the personal to the mythic. There is darkness here, and death. But there is also lightness and humour.
We thank all the artists for their entries. It was a pleasure to view all of the works submitted. We were impressed by the breadth of technique, aesthetic, and concept and are thrilled to see that fibrework is in good hands. We would also like to thank curator Iga Janik for inviting us to jury, and Cherie Fawcett for her thoughtful organization, which eased the process. We also wish to acknowledge Mary Misner and Cambridge Galleries for their continued and tireless support of Canadian textile art and artists.
Lyn Carter and Fynn Leitch, Jurors
Lizz Aston | Jolie Bird | Heather Cameron | Anne Devitt | Sarah Gotowka | Elizabeth Hewson | Thea Jones | Andrew MacDonald | Nancy Anne McPhee | Petrina Ng | Nicole Panneton | Liv Pedersen | Melina Sevilla | Barbara Sutherland | Tammy Sutherland | Kelly Thompson | Kim Vose Jones
by Mary Misner, Director.
Cambridge Galleries’ interest in Canadian textiles is closely tied to the fact that the textile industry has played such a significant role in the development of this community, which was once the centre of textile production in the country. This connection was made in the late 1980s when our permanent collection policy was established with a focus on contemporary fibre based work. Our biennial competition and exhibition, Fibreworks, was instituted in 1986 to bring attention to Canadian artists working in the fibre medium and to widen the awareness for their ingenuity and contribution to the Canadian art scene. Traditionally the exhibition has also presented an opportunity for acquiring works for the Galleries’ permanent collection.
In its 14th iteration, Fibreworks 2012 will give visitors to the Queen’s Square Gallery an overview of current work by artists from coast to coast. We thank our jurors, Lyn Carter and Fynn Leitch, for their insight, diligence and their commitment to the task of choosing the work for the exhibition. Their selections will definitely engage viewers and will reveal the amazing breadth of work created by an outstanding group of artists. We also acknowledge Cherie Fawcett for her assistance and the important organizational role she played in the process.
We sincerely appreciate the enthusiastic response to our call for entry and thank all of the artists for their submissions. Congratulations to the artists represented in the exhibition. We are delighted to present and share your work with our audience.