touching the sky

touching the sky

How can an artwork capture the dynamic experience of space? What does the smell of rain look like in a painting? Or our dream experiences in relationship to our waking experiences? Even in a moment when the landscape appears still, there is tons of activity happening that cannot be captured in a single frame—from the intricate and complex patterns of weather and climate to the buzzing of cellular exchanges on a micro level. The landscape is alive, and fluctuating—and so is our own journey through it. As we move through the world, we experience a wonderful abundance of senses, thoughts, and feelings, as our bodies respond to, absorb, and contribute to our surroundings. For millennia, artists have imaginatively worked to translate these embodied experiences, including phenomena that extend beyond the visual senses like smell, touch, emotion, spirituality, sound, and time. Balancing between abstract marking and painterly realism, Touching the Sky features three artists based in the Peace Region—Angela Fehr, Esther Hoflick, and Elizabeth Hutchinson—whose work is rooted in exploring these embodied experiences and our ability to represent them through art. 

Each of the artworks in Touching the Sky hover between our ability to represent space, and our environment’s profound shaping of our daily experiences. As Elizabeth Hutchinson writes, “More than a collection of images, they are a gathering of memories that remind us of the poetic potential of our collective emotional relationship to the landscape.”

Curated by Robin Lynch

Former Curator/Manager of Travelling Exhibitions Northwest

 

Feature image: Elizabeth Hutchinson, Nostalgia Series, 2022, Mixed media on paper

Featured Artists

Elizabeth Hutchinson

Esther Hoflick

Angela Fear

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