ON THE COVER: Kathleen Higgins chats with Rachel Beach about her creative process and latest exhibition.
ORDER AND CHAOS
In this issue of Visual Arts News, many of our featured artists create works that mark attempts to navigate the shifting geopolitical contexts we find ourselves embedded in, exploring themes of order and chaos and the tenuous connections between the two states. Rita McKeough and Graeme Patterson have teamed up with Murmurations; Lisa Hirmer’s latest photographic series documents the everyday dirt piles dotting our landscapes; In the exhibition New Found Lands, curators Pamela Edmonds and Bushra Junaid focus on the voices that get cast to the margins as the victors rewrite history. Meanwhile, Halifax’s Eyelevel Gallery’s Food For Thoughts series attempts to use food as a vehicle to connect people with disparate experiences.
Daniel Hutchinson bends light and space by Ray Cronin; Terroir gives Nova Scotia artists needed exposure by Audrey Nicoll; Allison Hrabluik finds absurdity in the everyday by Becka Viau; The scale of William Robinson by Jonathan Rotzstain.
Walking With Our Sisters pays homage to missing and murdered Indigenous women. David Dahms sits down with Catherine Martin, the Nancy’s Chair in Women’s Studies at Mount Saint Vincent University, and Michelle Graveline, a Halifax Regional School Board Aboriginal Student Support Worker, both of whom are key players in the touring exhibition’s stop at Mount Saint Vincent University Art Gallery (January 14 - February 1). They discuss the impact of these lives lost on communities, the lack of justice for many of these victims and why it’s about time Canadians start taking the issue of missing and murdered Indigenous women more seriously.
Moccasin vamps by Sharon Angeconeb. Image via Walking With Our Sisters
Mocean Dance animates its past in lightning speed. The Masterworks winner has helped shape contemporary dance in Atlantic Canada by Susan Wolf.
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Every issue of Visual Arts News includes engaging exhibition reviews, artist profiles and in-depth features on issues facing arts professionals across Nova Scotia including regional, national and international reviews of interest to our readership, including a gallery guide of must-see exhibitions across Atlantic Canada. As one of the oldest cultural publications in Atlantic Canada, it is a well-trusted source of information for readers with a passion for its thriving visual arts scene.
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