A new exhibition titled Creative Obsessions: A Look at Contemporary Craft in Prince Edward Island will be showing August 8 to January 3, at the Confedeartion Centre Art Gallery (CCAG) in Charlottetown.
Fine craft is equal parts tradition and innovation, passion and obsession, filtered through the skills and the sensibilities of artisans. Making craft is a form of thinking, a communication across generations.
In this new exhibition, Island artisans respond to the theme of “creative obsessions” with innovative works drawing on craft traditions to mark Craft Year 2020. It is organized by the CCAG in collaboration with the PEI Crafts Council, and is guest curated by Ray Cronin and Sarah Maloney.
Fine craft has always had an element of obsession. The artist has to master varied techniques, often difficult materials, and do so in a manner that keeps them engaged in the long hours from conception to production, all while striving to make something that viewers will find equally compelling.
Participating craftspeople include Jim Aquilani, Nancy Cole, Jamie Germaine, Arlene MacAusland, Rilla Marshall, Melissa Peter Paul, Jody Racicot, Ayelet Stewart, Jane Whitten and Bette Young.
The artists in Creative Obsessions have been challenged by the increased isolation, interruptions in their supply chains for materials and the disruption of their normal routines. Some artists have chosen to respond directly to the issues of our day, while others have redoubled their focus on their materials and the specific technical and historical processes in which they practice.
Creative Obsessions highlights the probing questioning—of techniques and materials, of local and global issues, of historical and cultural contexts—that define the work of ten of the Island’s fine craftspeople.