“Art has always been a passion for me,” says Diane who explains that while her children were young there was always a craft project or two on the kitchen table. This Chilliwack resident now has two grandchildren and recently returned to university to fulfill her dream. “When I began painting and drawing again, I became frustrated with my skills and realized I needed more art knowledge. I enrolled at UCFV, learned far more than I thought I would, and gained a heightened confidence in my art-making.”
Moen has earned her Visual Arts diploma, making the Dean’s list in 2006, and is excited about receiving her degree. Her contribution to the show is titled The Ram, the Lamb, and the Holy Mutton, and she describes it as a comment on the ideals of religion. “I wish to make light of an entrenched belief system that worships death and the after-life, in exchange for one that exalts life, true honesty, charity, and gratuity towards others,” she adds.
A detail of Stephanie Frame's delicate installation, CropCirlces.
Stephanie entered her piece Crop Circles, which is a series of embossed prints on white paper. Frame says she enjoys working in two-dimensional art and has focused on photography, print, and painting. “With these mediums, a hands-on process is needed, which fits with my interest in the material process in my works of art,” says Frame, who lives in Maple Ridge. “My intention is to create works that have simplicity in their physical make-up, allowing the viewer to reflect on what is and is not there.”
Paula Funk's painting titled Male Gaze III
Paula created two larger-than-life pieces for the show. Male Gaze III is a six-foot canvas, which is exhibited un-stretched and unframed and is used as a background for a seven-minute, black and white silent film: Duchamp’s 1926 Anemic Cinema. Funk’s second piece is also a six-foot square canvas, but is exhibited rolled into an upright tube with an accompanying audio projection of Arthur Ginsberg reading his poem A Supermarket in California.
“My hope is that these two pieces stylistically and formally echo the spirit of the post-modern age,” says Funk. “Creating something that is quite literally larger than life asks the viewer to think about and question his or her own constructed realities and perhaps wonder where he or she stands in relation to contemporary ideologies with diminishing hierarchies.”