April 11th to July 13th 2014
Richard Watts, Grandmother Pine Skin Dress, 2011, Vulcanized Rubber, Gauze, Insects, Earth, Bark, Leaves, Twigs.
Using vulcanized latex made from rubber tree sap from Burma, and layers of gauze Ontario artist Richard Watts creates “skins” of natural and man made objects. Eerie and ethereal, these skins of rocks, old boats, trees and abandoned farmhouses are translucent, catching the light and becoming tapestries of ancient histories in their own right. As Watts states “… when the light shines through them [we see an] image of the earth’s warming and the effects of climate change.” Paying heed to the fragile state of the earth,
Three Seasons treads carefully along the delicate path of understanding our place in the world today, the place the First Nation’s of this country hold in that same history and the impact of Western civilization on the earth.
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