Joanne Probyn, Tracing Time
10" x 10", Acrylic Mixed Media on Canvas, CAN$249.00 Unframed - Available for Sale
Tracing Time is part my abstract painting series, Sewn Open, inspired by kintsugi (a Japanese ceramics technique and philosphy that mends breaks with gold honoring its imperfections). I investigate the history of art, earth and individual. Painted Canyon, a segment of the 28-million-year-old San Andreas Fault, was my rock reference. This potentially very dangerous place is where western and eastern tectonic plates meet—any significant plate movement would cause unimaginable damage to the area and beyond. I hiked inside the fault-line and was enamoured by its shimmering pinks, browns and greens that wash the hills and canyon walls. By including handmade lace, similar to works made by my grandmother and great-grandmother, I aim to challenge perceptions of art, craft and gender. Lace was not considered an art form at one time and thread was banned from some museums. New life is breathed into old objects while giving credit where it's due. Machine-made lace and Japanese paper connect the artwork to the present era of mass production. An industrialized flower and large crochet make a "future relic" fossil, some of which has been repaired with gold leaf. I love creating work that transcend change and tension with grace and beauty.