for this exhibition happened with the title - Steel Wool. Once Pam
Carnochan and Deb Harkness had the title, they had to figure out how to
make work to fit it.
artists are deeply influenced by the landscape of Muskoka that serves as
a muse for their work and with this common interest. By working
together, Pam and Deb found a way to combine a soft and hard medium that
enhanced each of their artistic styles.
pieces, Deb fabricated window frames for Pam to install her wool-felted
landscapes. Deb, who is well known for her garden art, forged bulrushes
and lily pads on which Pam added felted frogs and birds for colour and
softness. An ardent horse enthusiast, one of Deb’s impressive wall
pieces captures the movement of a galloping horse. To complete the work,
Pam adding a felted saddle pad.
“Our mediums are both
ancient and fresh in approach and very much tied to the history of this
region, with horses and sheep being integral in the development of our
communities,” explains Pam. “This
exhibition showcases our expression of art through the eyes of two
different artists combining their talents to create a show that will
celebrate both fibre and steel, the soft heart and the strong framework
that makes up both artists.”
uses the wool from her sheep to create her felted wool landscapes that
are made using both wet and needle felting techniques. The sheep are
raised on her small Huntsville hobby farm, utlitizing permaculture
techniques in food production and land preservation. She takes the wool
from her sheep, dyes it and creates original felted landscapes. This art
practice fits her back-to-the-land lifestyle in.
Artistically, Deb began
by drawing with pencils, pens, inks and charcoal but she always felt
something was missing. It wasn’t until 2001, when she studied
blacksmithing at Sir Sanford Fleming College that she found her medium
where she can express herself to the fullest. “Finding
new ideas to create in steel is a wonderful challenge,” says Deb.
“The more I see, the more I create.
public reception for Pam and Deb will be held on Saturday,
November 18 from 1pm to 4pm at the Chapel Gallery. The exhibition
continues at the Chapel Gallery until December 15.