Carey Jernigan: Truss
TRUSS by Carey Jernigan
AGNES JAMIESON GALLERY
Minden | Ontario
September 30 to November 29, 2020
‘TRUSS’ includes four installations: ‘Patternmaker-Stress’, ‘Patternmaker-Play’, ‘Crossing’ and ‘One in Three’. ‘One in Three’ speaks to the artist’s revisiting trauma of her youth. The cubes represent a search for order and solidarity through a difficult time. According to the World Health Organization, one in three women experiences some form of sexual or intimate-partner violence during her lifetime. ‘Patternmaker-Play’ represents the patternmaking skill and is based on a story about a group of young employees of a steam-powered pumphouse built in Hamilton, Ontario in 1859 who both worked and played on the two-story machine’s fast-moving cast-iron mechanical parts. This sense of play – and also danger – struck a chord with the artist. Similarly ‘Patternmaker-Stress’ also has a sense of danger – a certain thrill, imagining gears grinding to a halt, or perhaps speeding up into an uncontrolled frenzy. “Stress” is a responsive, kinetic sculpture that plays with that tension. ‘Crossing’ speaks to borders. Two ladders and glass create a transparent “border wall” making one room into two. The ladders on either side invite crossing, but they are not safe. Is this also true of our national borders? Do they keep us safe? Or do they simply isolate us from those with whom we share the world?
Carey Jernigan’s work features wood, light, and memory. She explores industrial processes, material culture, and the people and places they shape. Her work has been featured at the United Nations Headquarters in New York; at Craft Ontario, the Workers’ Arts and Heritage Centre, Harbourfront Centre, Parkdale Film & Video Showcase, the Khyber Centre for the Arts, the Anna Leon Owens Gallery, Eyelevel Gallery, and the Nova Scotia Public Archives in Canada; and at De Liceiras 18 in Portugal.
Agnes Jamieson Gallery
176 Bobcaygeon Road Minden