Opening: Friday, June 7th, 7–9:00 pm
The show runs Friday, June 7th
through Sunday, June 23rd, 2019
Artist’s Talk: Sunday, June 16th, 3 pm
Saturdays and Sundays, 11 am to 4 pm,
or by appointment.
The series of sculptures and works on paper and canvas invite the viewer to explore boats as a metaphor for transformation. Kathi Thompson uses kayak and umiak forms to depict adaptation, with vessels that carry us on our journey. Fashioned in thin layers of terracotta, each one reveals the bones of our experiences and the flotsam we gather along the way. The accompanying works on paper and canvas create a landscape of hope: a glimpse into our inner struggles through times of change.
Endlessly fascinated by the changing mood of a landscape, Thompson paints multi-layered surfaces reminiscent of a place or a moment in nature that touches her deeply. Combining thin washes of colour, layer over layer, with swaths of thick, juicy brush strokes, she creates a sense of inner light and depth. Her semi-abstracted images are a metaphor for exploring her inner landscape, inviting the viewer to move beyond the canvas to a reflective space in time, through the lens of her contemplative world.
As an artist for nearly three decades, Thompson’s attachment to the landscapes in which she has lived is reflected in her drawings, photography, ceramics and painting. It is her adventurous spirit that has enticed her to explore remote landscapes across Canada and around the world. She holds a BFA from NSCAD University, Halifax, NS and a MAd Ed from St. Francis Xavier University, Antigonish, NS. Her work has been exhibited across North America, the US and Europe and is in collections of the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia, The G7 Summit and The Cesky Krumlov State Castle, Czech Republic and many private collections. Thompson lives in Victoria, BC where she paints the wild land around Vancouver Island and places far and away where she travels.
For more about Thompson’s work, please visit the artist’s website kathithompsonartist.com