November 5 -27, 2016
Reception: November 5, 3-6 PM
We are all actors and witnesses in the event called our lives – each life intersecting with, being shaped by and shaping those of others.
Today, the breadth of our connections – both direct and mediated – can be overwhelming in itself. Meanwhile, reports from far and wide unrelentingly offer views of mounting conflicts, prolonged wars, political polarizations, renewed xenophobia and the juggernaut of climate-change. The cumulative impact can be simply staggering.
Is it part of the human condition: to create the very circumstances that threaten us? to feel responsible yet powerless to shape a positive shared future? Certainly,
our efforts can feel intensely inadequate.
Still, as an artist and a Canadian, J. Lynn Campbell has had many opportunities for transforming, even transcending, the life and circumstances into which she was born. And though this is a privilege little-known to many, all people can choose whether and how they will honour life and, for her, it is in the honouring itself, that beauty is found and hope revived.
The works on view in Witness are drawn from several years of a practice in which Campbell strives to bear witness to her life and the shared human desire for connection, meaning and hope.
Passage, Earthly Paradise, and excerpts from Offering bear witness to these states.
Through the conception and the making of these pieces, J. Lynn Campbell claims, interprets and layers fragments from that which matters to her when faced with the complexities of life’s shifting realities. This can be a reminder that meaning is not found but made.
J. Lynn Campbell is a Toronto-based artist who trained at the Ontario College of Art (now OCADU), with independent studies in France, Humanities at the University of Toronto, and Philosophy at York University. Her practice extends from two-dimensional collage to three-dimensional construction and site-specific installation. She has exhibited in Canada, Italy and Germany. Her work is included in private, public, and corporate collections.