Opening: Friday, November 15th, 5:30–8:30 pm
The show runs Friday, Nov. 15th
through Sunday, Dec. 1st, 2019
Saturdays and Sundays, 11 am to 4 pm,
or by appointment.
Artist’s Talk: Sunday, November 24th, 1 pm
“Something in the past that cannot be controlled or undone, but must be accepted, forgiven, or forgotten.”
Water Under the Bridge examines through drawing, the intersection between a specific place and personal responses to it. Attracted to a bridge over the reversing falls of the Tillicum Narrows, Joanne Hewko spent time making observations and collecting images. As a place for self-reflection, the bridge and the changing flow of water became metaphors for transitions in her life, shifting relationships and the passage of time.
This series of charcoal drawings include depictions, references to maps and overviews, with over-laid impressions and interpretations from imagination. The interplay between abstraction and representation is important to Hewko. Beginning by drawing recognizable objects and places she creates a point of departure. As the process of investigation unfolds, abstraction is used to describe intangibles such as emotions, feelings and visceral sensations. Conscious of the treacherousness of the water, the precariousness of her footing, and the dark, moodiness of the atmosphere, Hewko reflects on the uncertainty that underlies our life experiences.
Working primarily in drawing, painting, and mixed media, Joanne Hewko focuses on mark-making and personal expression, emphasizing mood and gesture. Exploring the territory that is between representation and abstraction, she uses source material, photographs, and observations from the physical world as a point of departure to create work that is gestural, emotional, and innately visceral.
Hewko is a graduate from the Vancouver Island School of Art with a Diploma in Fine Art, and a bachelor degree in Interior Design from the University of Manitoba. As well, she is an active member of BOXCARSIX, an artist collective located in Victoria, BC.
For more about Hewko’s work, please visit the artist’s website joannehewko.wixsite.com/portfolio