October 13 – November 4, 2018
Opening Reception: October 13, 2-5 PM
Collective City film screening: October 20, 3 PM
The Wormwood Series, Yael Brotman’s latest exhibition at Loop Gallery, examines the push and pull of creation and destruction — and the curious forms of agency humans possess within that cycle. The artist explains her process as follows:
“On a recent trip to Spain, I visited Gaudi’s famous cathedral in Barcelona. The columns of the interior are designed to look like giant plants with nodes and branches extending into graceful arches. The feeling that one experiences in the presence of this magnificence is that nature and spirituality are intimately bound. The other sense the viewer gets is how small humans are – we are like worms in a forest.
“The concept of the worm as metaphor for human presence in the world is one I have been playing with recently. The yin-yang capacity of worms for health or destruction is similar to the highs and lows of human action.
“In this series, I began by doing rubbings of the meandering lines of the worms’ progress. I used delicate Japanese paper so that the nuances of the surface would be visible. The Japanese paper was chine colleed onto a stronger substrate. I then drew with graphite and watercolour, incorporating imagery of architectural elements or garden designs. These works are quiet pieces that recall the awe felt in the presence of tall trees or brilliant human structures, or the beautiful evidence of a worm’s markmaking.”
About the Artist
Yael Brotman has exhibited widely, with thirty solo exhibitions including in Winnipeg, MB and Dawson City, YK, and numerous group/two-person shows including in Spain, Kyoto, Houston, Berlin, Melbourne. Her work has been discussed in catalogues (Kelowna Art Gallery and Kyoto Municipal Museum of Art) and in reviews (Border Crossings, Galleries West and La Presse+).
Brotman has been awarded residencies worldwide, grants and honours – recently, induction into the Royal Canadian Academy of Arts. Her work is represented in public and corporate collections including Foreign Affairs (Canada), Skirball Museum (Los Angeles), Sanbao Museum (Jingdezhen, China) and the Proyecto’ace Collection (Buenos Aires, Argentina).