Artist Statements + Press Release- "Sacred Spaces: Altars by Artists"

"Sacred Spaces: Altars by Artists"

Carol Binns-Wood and Melanie Earle have invited guest artists’, Carolynn Bloomer, Reid Dennison, Julia White, and Tanya Zaryski, to participate in this show.

“Sacred Spaces – Altars by Artists “
“When artists manipulate materials to convey a message, they are bending and shaping the tangible world to communicate something from an intangible world. With the myriad possible approaches to the numinous in our lives, artists often interpret our relationship to life’s’ mysteries.
Altars are a tangible manifestation of this connection and provide a meeting place to focus and contemplate. From humble home kitchen altars to massive stone earthworks, they provide a place of transcendence and communication.

With this show, we invite artists to create altars from their personal pantheon of images. We encourage viewers to spend a little time with each altar and give it the time to resonate its personal message.” GHAC

Press release:
Sacred Spaces: Altars by Artists
L.E. Shore memorial library, 173 Bruce Street, Thornbury ON., 519 599 3681
DECEMBER 2 -28, 2017
Opening Reception: Saturday December 2nd, 2-4pm
The Grey Highlands Artists Collective (GHAC), is putting on their seventh collaborative show at L.E. Shore memorial library starting on December 2nd and running until December 28th. 

 Artists Statements

Tanya Zaryski
“It can be found in the quietness between an inhale and an exhale, or the moment between heartbeats.
It is a point of stillness.  A piece of the sublime hidden within the ordinary.
Here there is a place of calm deliberation.  Of meditation.  A sacred space.” 

Carolynn Bloomer
“I am expressing my feelings about the importance of nature –sacred to me ­­– as represented by a seed pod (carrier of life) against a surface; the devotional object upon the altar.
Created primarily in pure white fired porcelain, the pod represents life on earth– at once strong and fragile.”

Reid Dennison
“I think the tradition of art came to us through the tradition of worship and the effort to make sacred spaces, in order to focus our attention away from distraction and towards the divine. So, making art is a form of worship. I thought about the things that bring me closer to the divine. They’re mostly found in nature – a cedar skeleton, or our galaxy on a clear, moonless night – things that make me feel connected and alive, the opposite of distracted or depressed. But in this exhibit, I want to explore both.”

Carol Binns Wood
“The sacred space that I have created is an altar to a goddess of my own making. Like a Mary or Lakshmi figure, this statue invites the viewer to communicate with the divine, and also to request and thank for special considerations.”

Melanie Earle
“As a student studying art and art history there was not a lot of attention paid to art made by women. As a show of reverence, these altars are a platform to pay homage to three women artists’ who influenced and inspired me.”  

Julia White
Inspired by the feeling of a dream I had on February 2, 2017, a time when the world political stage had changed dramatically.
It reminds me of the beautiful necessity of creating a safe and secure sanctuary within ourselves, regardless of outer circumstances.  The dream tells me that it is through the act of imbuing ‘anything and even nothing’ with sacredness, that we empower ourselves and are free.