(em)brace | Michelle MacKinnon
Eastern Edge Presents:
(em)brace | Michelle MacKinnon
January 11th – February 22nd, 2020
Opening Reception & Artist talk, January 11th, 7 pm
(em)brace explores how the notion of home can endure and evolve, drifting between the deconstruction and adoration of things and people. Working with textiles provides a tactile link to familial memories of home–what is remembered, imagined or convinced to be. Blankets, mittens, socks and sweaters become disconnected from their more utilitarian intent, no longer serving their purposes associated with clothing and warmth, but rather act as a narrative of time and place. Through these systematically structured textiles, I calm the desire for permanence in an attempt to (re)familiarize and fit myself into a new understanding of what was, or still could be, home: an ever-evolving, restless, fragile and elusive notion consisting of many layered collections, both physical and remembered. A reminder that, as they depend on each other to exist, the self and home are inseparable.
Michelle MacKinnon is an artist and educator currently living and working in Corner Brook, Newfoundland. MacKinnon graduated with an MFA and BFA in Visual Arts from York University and has since taught at Memorial University of Newfoundland (Corner Brook, NL), York University (Toronto, ON) and Algoma University (Sault Ste. Marie, ON). She has participated in residencies and exhibitions internationally (Canada, United States and Russia), with an upcoming residency at Casa (Lethbridge, AB) and solo exhibition at the Grenfell Art Gallery (Corner Brook, NL) in 2020. MacKinnon is currently an Artist in Residence at the Grenfell Art Gallery.
Eastern Edge Gallery
72 Harbour Drive, St. John’s, NL, Canada
Opening reception facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/events/851164551983804/
Web Page for exhibition: https://easternedge.ca/embrace/
Artist: Michelle MacKinnon
Eastern Edge Gallery is committed to creating a space that is as physically accessible as possible to all of our patrons and members of the arts community.
The Gallery is located on the ground floor. No entrances leading to the gallery have buttons to press to automatically open the doors and all require someone to physically (manually) open them. There is a ramp in the front of the building leading from the outside parking lot through a set of glass double doors (width of 71 inches). They lead into the main hallway of the building, where you will find the purple double doors (width of 64 inches) leading to Eastern Edge Gallery on your immediate right. The bathroom is just to the left of the hallway (width of 39 inches) down a slight ramp, and the doorways to the bathroom is 30 inches wide. The bathroom is a small space, approximately 6 feet by 5 feet – even less so with the toilet, sink, and swinging door taken into account). The building recently had a second bathroom added just beyond the first one, with more floorspace, making it more accessible to our patrons (bathroom is 7 feet by 10.3 feet, with a 31 inch doorway), this new bathroom is located down a hallway that is 104 inches long and 45.5 inches wide, and starts with a 2.5 inch lip up.