MEET THE ARTISTS – Opening reception: Saturday, February 17, 2 pm – 4 pm
In the Main Gallery
TAM HARRINGTON | Fashion, a Complex Relationship (mixed media)
Illustrating the complex relationship between fashion and women’s oppression, exploitation, and empowerment, Tam Harrington uses recycled metal and plastics to create wearable metal art and sculptures. Each piece in this exhibition portrays a time period or a woman that influenced the artist and contributed to the empowerment of all women. All sculptures and wearable metal art are made from recycled or found metal or plastic items that are traditionally associated with the feminine.
Tam Harrington is an artist and educator living on the Sunshine Coast. She is a transdisciplinary artist whose practice includes installation art, research, collaboration, assemblage sculpture and painting, drawing, photography, ephemeral art, fiber arts, and performance. Her work breaks away from genres that define specific disciplines as we know them and blends knowledge and skill together to communicate a social message. She has exhibited both nationally and internationally. Harrington also holds a BFA from Emily Carr University of Art & Design and an Associate Diploma in Graphic Arts and Communications from Douglas College.
In the Eve Smart Gallery
LINDA SUFFIDY | Strata (mixed media)
Fragile, intelligent and persistent, nature can teach us about survival as we look into deep time in both the past and future. With climate change and the global environmental crisis, Suffidy’s work is an expression of hope, illustrating the resiliency of ancient flora and fauna lineages. Sculptural carved paintings and the drawings derived from them represent these ancient species, which are simultaneously ancient fossils, contemporary objects, and artifacts for the future. They are reliquaries containing precious potential for continuation. These ancient lineages demonstrate that given a chance, nature will ultimately survive.
Linda Suffidy is a Vancouver based artist who has exhibited throughout the Lower Mainland, Edmonton, Kelowna, Bulgaria, and Dubai. Suffidy holds a diploma from the Emily Carr University of Art and Design. The enormity of time past and contemplating the countless generations of life that have come into being are themes explored in Suffidy’s artistic practice.