Exhibition: April 8th - May 27th, 2015
Artist Talk & Workshop: May 9th, 2pm-4pm
Reception: Thursday, May 21st, 2015, 6pm-7pm
In the UAS +15 Window
Motherland is a 66” x 66” hand embroidery on Belgian linen that evolved from a growing body of vision drawings, small gouache and graphite compositions sketched intuitively after meditation, as part of a continuing venture to reconcile the position of self in the world.
Motherland functions as a work of art, a work of craft, a therapeutic process, and a meditative discipline, to raise and address questions about how humans see ourselves participating in an expanded reality. The metaphysical landscape of Motherland speaks to the universal condition of birth and death; its response to this condition is a possibility. The project itself envisions a collective attitude of relatedness: of being in the world in a harmonious way, facilitating mutually reciprocal relationships with the natural world, spirit, each other, and ourselves. The artist’s labour on the final stage of embroidery in the +15 Window for the duration of Motherland’s exhibition intends to inspire a mood of contemplation, in which we all can consider the implications of relatedness in our own lives.
Chelsea Rushton earned a BFA with distinction in Creative Writing from the University of Victoria and is completing an MFA in Visual Art at the University of Calgary. Her written and visual research focuses on the intersection between creativity and spirituality, and the ways in which art as personal expression can document and facilitate spiritual development.