November 3-29, 2015: SILVER LININGS LILY SWAIN paintings MEREDITH KUCEY fine jewellery
reception/meet the artists: Sunday November 15, 1-4pm
“This body of work explores themes of personal and cultural identity through the use of Canadian iconography. By looking to the past, I seek to gain a better understanding of myself as a person and as an artist. I am inspired by the rich heritage of the small town where I live and the natural beauty of the surrounding countryside. The striking images of a deer standing pensively in a field or a hawk circling high about the trees, become woven into the fabric of my dreams and subconscious mind. I retell these images as stories drawn in charcoal, paint, thread, paper, photographs, wood and canvas.
These mixed media pieces are a product of my surroundings, which includes the people: my family, friends, and the dynamic artistic communities of past and present.
This series of Polaroid photographs visually document the process of creating this work over several months. They function as a sketchbook, capturing the nuances and ephemeral moments which ultimately informed the completed pieces.” L.Swain, October 2015
RENEWAL new paintings by Lily Swain August 4-31, 2014
opening/meet the artist: Friday August 8, 5-8pm at General Fine Craft, Art & Design
“My work is inspired by forms found in nature, urban landscapes, architecture and interior design. Formal elements such as composition, balance and colour work in tandem with layers of texture, imagery, text and pattern to create depth on a two dimensional surface. I integrate borrowed imagery and motifs from the history of the decorative arts, graphic design and illustration, creating new forms of traditional working methods.
I strive to create visual impact through the precarious balance of layered sharp edged lines and loose brush strokes. The colorful shapes and marks jump out, recede, break through and fall into place; a kind of organized chaos.
The work can be regarded as psychological design born of my personal and emotional experiences. Equally abstract and concrete ideas are expressed, a representation of both intuitive and analytical thought. This approach allows me to apply a formula to my painting, a foundation to build upon, simultaneously challenging and satisfying the artist and designer within.” -L.S.
Lily Swain lives with her family in Almonte, Ontario. She is a graduate of the Emily Carr University of Art and Design (Vancouver) and has a Bachelor of Education from York University (Toronto).