Gallery - Wisdom of the Rings 2019-2020


Wisdom of the Rings

Wisdom of the Rings at Carnegie Gallery

Wisdom of the Rings is an ongoing collection of pieces inspired by tree rings. The first exhibition of these works was shown at Carnegie Gallery in Dundas, in May of 2019, and a fresh version with new pieces will be shown at the Fieldcote Museum in Ancaster in September 2020.

Everywhere in the natural world, circles, spirals and rings frame integral structures that support, envelop and unveil animate and inanimate entities. These sinuous forms call to mind the slow rhythm of a heartbeat, the concentric waves of a stone dropped in water, or the meditative effect of walking a labyrinth. They also echo how early memory is stored within our own psyches, perhaps buried but never lost beneath subsequent layers of experience.

Tree rings record much more than seasonal fluctuations in the life of a tree: they are living journals of the unfolding environment.  With these pieces I trace the many ways that tree rings reveal stories of endurance and commitment. Each stitched textile describes a pathway through the outer layers to the heartwood, like a labyrinth leading to its timeless centre.

The image above also shows the amazing coiled vessels of Carmella Karijo Rother, when the exhibit was featured at Carnegie Gallery.

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