The opening reception for Karen Trask’s Wordfield is Aug. 6 at 7:30 pm at the Minarovich Gallery, Elora Centre for the Arts, and will be curated by Phil Irish
Through the labour of spinning, weaving, and quilting, Trask transforms printed pages into sculptures that explore language and silence.
Drawing from iconic texts – Proust’s writing and the dictionary - Trask sculpts a sensitive relationship to language.
The exhibition brings together two projects that explore the idea of language as landscape.
The sculpture, Proust’s Bed: waiting for a kiss, is the result of a year-long project reading In Search of Lost Time, by Marcel Proust from this daybed.
In works such as Where the words go, Wordfield and Doors, pages from hundreds of dictionaries were either torn and recycled into fresh sheets of paper or reconstituted through spinning into long paper threads.
Trask, born in Fergus, lives in Montreal.
Her work has been shown across Canada, as well as in Spain, Finland, Taiwan. She holds degrees in art from both the University of Waterloo and Concordia University, Montreal.
The show runs from Aug. 6 to Sept. 13.