Chrissy Sie-Merritt

Opening Reception: March 1, 7-10pm

Additional Hours: March 2 to March 12, 6pm

Tuesdays, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, 12-5; Saturdays 12-6.

Honouring:   This body of work is an extension of a previous free flow drawing series in which the images came from simply moving my body, using both hands to trace my movements. This series takes what was unearthed in that process and transforms it into a deeper expression of spirit and honouring the many layers of self.

Life takes us to many places physically, mentally and spiritually. Our spirit shifts and absorbs the energy of these places and rhythms, constantly shaping and moulding us. My work is very much a spiritual practice of capturing the intensity and the beauty of these layers. I feel the shift in seasons deeply and I am in awe of its power to reveal such sacred pieces of ourselves within its rhythm. Revealed from a meditative space, these images each have a personal message that reflects human nature in its most humble and raw form. This work
honours power, weakness, vulnerability, natural cycles, all that makes us what we are, that moves us, that challenges us and some of those unspoken emotions that simmer, need to be held and honoured for their place of creating balance in ones life.

Bio:

An explorer of the sacredness of being, Chrissy Sie-Merritt expresses a passion for peeling away the layers of self and honours this process through her art practice. Her work is one of a personal healing journey. She, at times, intuitively creates marks using her whole body to express a moment in time or sits in quiet to allow ideas and images to rise from within. This physical conversation with the ebb and flow of life is her impetus to go deeper, exploring our connection to the natural rhythm of the world around and within us. These images are expressed with both charcoal and acrylic.

Residing in East Braintree Manitoba, Chrissy has always been inspired by the cycles of nature and the connection of these rhythms within her life’s journey. Chrissy studied Fine Art at the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design and has continued to work on her art career with Creative Manitoba since 2013, including mentoring local youth and creating art programs for all ages.

Chrissy has shown her work in a solo and group setting at the Cre8ery Gallery in Winnipeg, Reynolds Business Centre in Prawda and is an active participant as well as a member of the Board of Directors for the Boreal Shores Art Tour.