Human | Nature June 6 - July 6, 2019
An Exhibition of Sculpture & Painting By Two Emerging Contemporary Canadian Artists
Meet The Artists!
Opening & Artist Reception
First Thursday Art Walk, June 6, 2019
6:00 – 8:30 PM
Frederick Holmes & Company is proud to bring together two uniquely different contemporary artists from Canada. While they share an expertise in the time-honored material of encaustic, the material is secondary to their practice.
KIM BRUCE, a native of Calgary, here in her second Seattle show with the gallery, returns with her intimately scaled, mixed material busts. The predominant subtext in everything Bruce creates relates to her passionate dedication to the education of girls and women marginalized in oppressive cultures, as symbolized by her provocative use of books. “My work is full of visual puns, double entendre, symbolism and satire. It references the dichotomy of my early life expectations to conform to a traditional woman’s role, when in fact, reality for me, was the need to be self-sufficient and support myself as an entrepreneur and business owner. These contradictions allow me to expose my private self through veiled metaphor creating objects significant beyond function. The underlying message – the essence of my work – speaks to the roles and rights of girls and women.”
Since 2004 Bruce has been featured in numerous solo exhibitions in her native Canada, Seattle, WA, and South Carolina; and several group shows, including New York and Germany. Her work is in the collection of the Alberta Foundations for the Arts and is privately and publicly collected throughout Canada, Germany, Australia, and the Netherlands.
AVA ROTH, making her Seattle gallery debut, is a Toronto-based painter, embroiderer and mixed-media artist. Roth uses natural and local materials whenever possible. Canadian beeswax, reclaimed Ontario barn wood, birch bark, linen, landscape photography and paper are hallmarks of her work. She is fundamentally guided and inspired by the natural materials she uses. Her current work brings together techniques from the discrete worlds of fine art and crafts. Roth’s series of sewn encaustic paintings dissolve the boundaries between fine art and craft; the aesthetic outcome being something delicately tactile and ethereal.
Ms. Roth has been given six solo shows in Ontario since 2008 and been featured in fifteen group exhibitions since 2005, including The Museum of Northern History, Ontario. Her work can be found in numerous national and international private collections.
This exhibition’s title, HUMAN | NATURE also metaphorically references the delicate and increasingly fragile relationship between humanity and the natural world. There are few better examples of this relationship than the tiny, industrious, endangered creatures responsible for beeswax – the foundation of encaustic art – and the brilliant artwork made by these two remarkably talented women. Artwork