Honour & Reverence: For the Land, the Animals and the Work of Men & Women.

by Pat Bragg, an artist living in the Yukon.

February 17 to March 1, 2022

Tuesday to Saturday, 11am to 5pm

Meet the artist dates & times: February 18, 19, 25 & 26, 1-4pm

Workshop: Beading on Photography! February 22, 1-4pm, $75, includes supplies.

204-944-0809 / jordan@cre8ery.com

Artist Bio

Pat has mostly taught herself all manner of art forms because she loves art-homely art and fine art. She also credits her many teachers from the Yukon, Winnipeg, and Italy with her joy in creating, and has enhanced her artistic practice through many hours of workshops in various art forms- watercolour, acrylic, and oil painting, knitting, bookbinding, cyanotype, lino-printing, beading, needle felting, soapstone carving, and art theory and practice with Francesco Fontana, fine-artist of Milan, Italy. The beaded photographs on canvas came out of a dream she had while in Turkey, that left her wondering how she could combine photographs with beads. She saw the presence of artistic beadwork in so many areas of the world as a way of ornamenting clothing, however humble. It was artistic work that mostly women did, with modest expense, equipment and space required. Pat wanted to celebrate that in her art. This new artform was first shown in her solo exhibition at Arts Underground in March,2017 in Whitehorse, Yukon.

 

 

Artist Statement

In Honour and Reverence, the 2022 exhibition, Pat has combined beaded photography and wearable art. It represents two sides of her artistic expression, connected mostly by colour. She works with what comes to hand. She takes photographs wherever she is. She loves to capture unique perspectives on the every-day. Often living in isolated places of the north, her art has evolved to included wearable art for our climate. She waits each year for new wool from shepherd friends on the Canadian Prairies and furs to come from local trappers. When the raw materials appear, they call to her about what they want to become. She brings her humble sewing and knitting skills to express the beauty, the femininity, the strength to survive the Northern climate and practicality in these raw materials. And she begins to explore the masculine application as well.

Pat has been creating Wearable Art by practicing spinning yarn with a hand spindle for about 8 years, since taking an afternoon course in Winnipeg. She has been collecting beautiful rovings and batts of wool (sheep, alpaca, yak) and when she is lucky, carding some rare qiviut from Herschel Island. Then she knits or crochets the yarn into practical and fashionable clothing. She learned to knit as a child, to crochet as a teenager, and to work with fur and beads as a senior citizen. Pat always wants to combine the textures, colours and images of her life:

The almost unbearable softness of some of the yarns and furs and beauty in our world Colours and images that reflect the natural world- and sometimes the created world

The meditative quality of home-spinning and expression of love in knitting the yarn for home and family, feeling love and connection with the land and its animals with every stitch the strength and variety of the physical world.