Fibre Art Network: Threads of Hope
January 5 to February 24
Do you long for a peaceful, harmonious society and a healthy earth? Do you desire reconciliation, forgiveness, unity, healing, and balance? Do you hope for positive solutions to any of today’s issues? Can it start with something as simple as a smile? Maybe it is an attitude of caring toward strangers, or a concern for the health of the earth and your own environment? What can one person do when it comes to global issues? Is there hope or hopelessness?
Threads of Hope is an exhibition exploring our hope, longing and desire for the future of the world. We challenged our members to speak regarding world issues that are meaningful to them. The pieces they created are connected one to the other with a ‘thread of hope’.
The Fibre Art Network is a co-operative of Western Canadian artists committed to promoting fibre as an artistic form. In this exhibition, a sense of group cohesion comes across through the artists’ use of a shared theme and the variable red element in each work. The artists explore abstract and composed designs, often with recognizable images like a bear, the earth, Terry Fox, a pumpjack, or a cross. The group asks big questions, and each artist has responded in their own way. In encountering their responses, we have an opportunity to consider the same questions in our community, to reflect on our relationship with the environment, what reconciliation means in practice, and how our individual positionalities affect what we hope for.