January 18-27, 2019
Thu, Jan 10, 2019 — Sun, Feb 10, 2019
2928 Dundas Street West
Opening Reception: Thu, Jan 24, 7-9pm
11:00 am — 6:00 pm
11:00 am — 5:00 pm
12:00 pm — 5:00 pm
The textiles in ‘Wild Teachings’ invite the viewer to walk through my neighbourhood and further afield. They reference—both literally and metaphorically—a deeply felt affinity for the “more than human world” (Abram 2017) and a sense of reciprocity with the living landscape. The leaves and branches of Linden, Salix, and Smoke pay direct homage to their source, embedding the parts of the plant in the woven textile. Others are interpretive works, designed to translate the natural world in which I am immersed into the language of thread. As both objects of reverence and records of contemplation, these textiles mark my affiliation to the living earth through which I define myself.
‘Wild Teachings’ draws freely from two streams of thought. The first, Ecophenomenology, recognizes the human body as a primary site for experiencing the world, and its fundamental interdependence with innumerable species and organisms. This essential reciprocity does not transcend what it means to be human, but defines it, affirming an enduring and elemental dialogue between human species and all others.
Ideas of place-based education are also intrinsic to this work. Environmentalist, David Orr asks what it means to inhabit a place, rather than simply reside in it, the notion of making a home hinging on humans taking their place within a web of pre-existent life forms. My interdependence and essential affiliation with the plant species in my neighbourhood defines my own place within it. Their leaves, branches, and fronds embedded within the woven textile, infuse this alliance with time, depth, and lived understanding.
Abram, David. The Spell of the Sensuous: Perception and Language in a More-than-Human World. Vintage Books, a Division of Random House, Inc., 2017.
Kathleen Morris – www.kathleen-morris.com
All images courtesy of the artist.
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