Surface & Symbol catalogue, designed by Maxine Bell, published by Ontario Craft Council.

Surface & Symbol catalogue, designed by Maxine Bell, published by Ontario Craft Council.

Surface & Symbol

works by Jean Marshall
Craft Ontario, Toronto
August 8-September 28, 2013
Definitely Superior Art Gallery, Thunder Bay
January 10-February 22, 2014

Surface & Symbol is a solo exhibition of new works by Northwestern Ontario-based artist Jean Marshall. This exhibition focuses on Marshall's use of materials such as beads, fabric, hide and leather to express ideas about identity, and to address relationships between the artist and her family. In her work Marshall draws upon skills and processes that she has learned through personal research and through conversations and experiences with other artists. Working in this way Marshall has developed a distinctly recognizable style of beadwork using bright colours to create unique designs and motifs, such as rosehip and berry forms. Her beadwork reoccurs throughout the exhibition on forms such as moccasins, and drum hides.

In this exhibition Marshall draws upon her appreciation for materials and process. Her work responds to the character and stories of family and friends from places such as her mother's home community, Kitchenuhmaykoosib Inninuwug (Big Trout Lake) and Thunder Bay. The works in this exhibition operate as abstract portraits guided by her impression and acknowledgement of these people and places.

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