La Maison des Artistes Visuels Francophones: Au Fils des Connexions Exhibition, January 13 - March 5

Au fil des connexions / Over Connections

Exhibition description:

The installation and exhibition "Au fil des connections / Over Connections" is inspired from a play between the Internet and textile terminology. We connect to the "network", we browse the "web", and we read "threads" of news and updates. With threads, I built a sculptural object that invites the public to touch and be

totally surrounded by the mesh as if they were wearing the sculpture. This piece is intended to be playful, and accessible to all. Next to the installation, visitors can contemplate a series of my most recent embroidered art that reflects on the complexity of our lives.

Artist statement:

"I was born in Portugal and have been living for more than 25 years in the territory we now call Canada. I draw with threads and textiles. I weave, intertwine and forge links between the virtual and the material, between the imaginary and the tangible. I am fascinated with the omnipresent virtual communications and intangible connections that links all living things. We are part of a vast interconnected web of relations upon which our lives depend for our most basic necessities*. To make this very real but invisible aspect of our life visible and tangible, I turn to thread. When it is interlaced or woven in particular structures, it becomes very strong, just like the invisible connections we are part of.

In all my creations, I take care to be socially and environmentally responsible. I choose natural, recycled and local materials as much as possible. In this sense, I propose a different approach to the use of fibre and textile materials and hope to raise awareness to aspects of our culture which go unnoticed but which condition our life. My hope is to awaken to new ways of seeing the world and share moments of wonder that enrich our everyday life."

- Carolina Reis

Biography:

"My work was exhibited across Europe and Canada. I participated at Photophobia 2017, hosted by Hamilton Artists Inc. and the Art Gallery of Hamilton. I also exhibited at Fashion Art Toronto and gave a lecture at the Textile Museum Canada in the context of Subtle Technologies Festival in 2016. I presented a solo exhibition during DesignTO 2019. Recently, my project "Protest Masks" was part of Breathe II, a touring exhibition showcasing masks made by craft artists on show at the Art Gallery of Guelph from May to October 2021."

- Carolina Reis

Dates: January 13th 2022 - March 5th 2022