This exhibition features the colourful textiles of established Hamilton artist and Carnegie Gallery Artist Member, Lorraine Roy. Beyond her well-known imagery of trees and the Canadian wilderness, these new imaginary landscapes also include charming cottages, fanciful islands and cheery animals. They suggest a more lighthearted and uplifting approach to provide “safe havens for a weary soul”. The exhibition also features the poetry of Jennifer Lynn Dunlop.
Lorraine Roy website: lroyart.com to view the artworks alongside the poetry.
Poet, Jennifer Lynn Dunlop
Being familiar and a fan of both textile artist Lorraine Roy and the poet that inspired many of her current works, Jennifer Lynne Dunlop, I knew I was in for a treat when I viewed the current Carnegie Gallery exhibit “In Oher Worlds – Safe havens for a weary soul.” I was certainly not disappointed, and, in fact, I was even more impressed than I even imagined – I was blown away. At first glance, the pieces are a stunning cornucopia of vibrancy; colours beckoned me into Roy’s world. Upon a closer look, I noticed the precise stitching details of each piece of fabric that comes together to form each whole gorgeous piece. As a mixed media artist, I am awestruck that Roy manages to achieve such detailed representations of nature through her medium of textiles. (I mean, I even struggle to sew on a button, but I can fussy cut!)
From Lorraine Roy’s Artist’s statement, I learned that Roy has a formal education in Horticultural Science, so it makes sense that she creates pieces featuring nature. She “creates imagery that evokes the intimate connection we have with the natural world.” Drawing viewers attention to “the intimate webs that connect trees, fungi and animals, revealing that our earth is a living breathing organism” has become more and more vital in these current times. Roy is a true Earth Hero! (As is Dunlop through her poetry!) Lorraine Roy states, “With all my work, my intention is to arouse emotional connection by shining a warm light on Nature’s unseen forces.”
Tower Poetry Society member, Jennifer Lynn Dunlop’s poetry is always a delight to read. Through her words, she can transport the reader to the place in nature where she stood to compose her poems; to the place that Lorraine Roy depicts in her visual interpretations of the poems.
I spoke with Jennifer, “It (the process) was interesting.” She told me that Lorraine created about half of the pieces of art based on Dunlop’s poetry, and she wrote some new poems based on the art that Roy created. What a connection; a symbiotic relationship; a truly beautiful thing when artists and their mediums collide and it leads to a boom of creativity! Collaboration at it’s finest!
Speaking of collaboration… this past year, Lorraine Roy has worked with Tower Poetry Society to present, PoARTry – a dance of visual art & poetry – an online exhibit with a new artist/poet pair featured in the TPS Blog on the first Saturday of each month. Poets created poems, as poets do! Then, artists each selected a poem that called to them and inspired artwork in their medium of choice. Artists, there are still poems left if you want in on this fun project. Check it out here!
I certainly hope we see a book out from these two talented ladies! Check out the “In Other Worlds” Exhibit at Carnegie Gallery in Dundas for yourself and get transported into the magical world of nature in this “safe havens for a weary soul”.
- Note: While the best viewing is done in-person, not everyone is able to get to the Carnegie Gallery. You can view Lorraine Roy’s art and see purchasing information directly from the Carnegie Gallery exhibit page, and you can view the artworks paired with poems from Lorraine Roy’s own Website.
- Find out more about Jennifer Dunlop and her poetry!
The exhibit is on until July 30th, so there’s still time!
In August, Tower Poetry members are invited to select an Artwork from the Carnegie Gallery members exhibit for Artwalk (part of Arts Dundas Weekend) in November. Details will be along soon, members! Learn how you can become a member, too.
Written by Nicola Schneider.