Opening Reception: 5 - 8pm Colleen Philippi in attendance
In this exhibition, Calgary artist Colleen Philippi focuses her mysterious and highly creative personal visual vocabulary on the metaphor of islands. Often interactive, her work ”opens doors” into corners of space, memory, time and childhood play. Maps, diaries, and found objects are used in conjunction with the painted landscape to create a journey into the fantasy and utopia of islands, blending collective consciousness with the unconscious in a colourful representation of humanity’s impact on nature.
Accompanying the exhibition is a whimsical, 15-page catalogue published with a grant from the Canada Council for the Arts. In it, Philippi writes of the subject of islands:
"Islands have been plunked into our collective consciousness and unconsciousness with quite a splash. Perhaps we see ourselves as islands, drawbridges up when we want to be castaways, despite John Donne’s waterlogged phrase “No Man is an island, entire of itself…” repeatedly and irritatingly washing ashore."