Spring 2022 Exhibitions at the Art Gallery of Peterborough

Laura Madera | Nocturnal Garden
March 12 – May 29, 2022

Some kind of honesty | works from the Permanent Collection
March 12 – May 29, 2022

Coming soon: Ghost Seamstress | Michèle Karch-Ackerman
April 6 – June 26, 2022

Laura Madera, Nocturnal Garden

Laura Madera | Nocturnal Garden

Laura Madera’s Nocturnal Garden brings together a body of paintings in a luminous symphony, offering new ways of noticing the ephemeral coming together of light and air amplified on botanical silhouettes. Plants are made mostly of three elements: carbon, hydrogen, and oxygen. These have been pulled from the air and water as the body of the plant breathes and drinks, a temporary manifestation connecting the below to the above.

Laura Madera received her BFA from Emily Carr University, BC, and an MFA from the University of Guelph, ON. Her practice explores the potential of watercolour as a means to poetically investigate phenomena within a contemporary context. Her work has been exhibited in solo exhibitions at Far x Wide in New York, NY, the Robert McLaughlin Gallery (RMG) in Oshawa, ON, Monastiraki in Montréal, QC, and is held in private collections across Canada, the United States and Mexico.

Some kind of honesty | works from the Permanent Collection

Some kind of honesty asks us: how do we tell the truth through art, and what even is truth? Is it scientific findings on the effects of light on the rods and cones of our retina, data informed applications of colour theory in Pointillism? Is it present in a photorealistic painting of a fruit with the beginnings of rot? Is it the careful rendering of light to evoke a specific feeling? Is it perfect two-point perspective and foreshortening? Is it a bicycle wheel attached to a stool? These varied works are gathered to think about the many modes through which we can be honest, and the many types of truths we value enough to spend the time to share with each other. As we rejoin our communities and remove our masks, it is useful to remember to be tender and careful and open.

Ghost Seamstress, Michèle Karch-Ackerman

Coming Soon:
Ghost Seamstress | Michèle Karch-Ackerman

“I make clothing for ghosts. The dead, the forgotten, and the hurting. For thirty years I have stitched conceptual wardrobes to manifest healing.” – Michèle Karch-Ackerman

The act of making garments by hand, one by one, each time with a wearer in mind, is an act of devotion. When the intended is no longer living, this may seem an impractical gift. What it does, is hold space for their imagined lives, a place in which to put the energies of grief and hope. Each stitch is a reverential gesture; an offering; a product of care. The threads of Ghost Seamstress wind through histories, literature, domesticity, nostalgia, and labour to consider the lives of women and girls.


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