DRIFTWOOD & DHARMA
Artworks by Kris Bovenizer & Dawn Hemmy
Exhibition Dates: November 3-26, 2016
Joint Artist Statement
Having delved into the world of Intaglio and Relief Printmaking, we have both chosen merciless mediums. One slip of the gauge or scratch on a metal plate is not forgiven. The block or plate takes on a black and white life of its own. It becomes a collaborator in the process; requiring ongoing compromise to achieve the end result.
We are both life travelers: seekers of spiritual places. The Driftwood & Dharma images illustrate our explorations into identity, memory and meditation as they relate to our journeys.
I have been fortunate to have been able to pursue art my entire life. Having taught art and printmaking for most of my career has allowed me to be in a creative environment with so many other artists. The prints in this exhibition have been greatly influenced by travelling through Asia and India, and experiencing the magic and mystery of their cultures.
I am a Toronto-based artist who teaches Printmaking. My past experiences working in the field of Archaeology fuel my exploration about identity and perception in my work. I travel so that I always have one of my feet in water: Ocean, Lake, Pool or Puddle. Canada’s Maritime provinces have forever changed me. My experiences growing up in Ontario -by the lake in Toronto, and up at the cottage near Algonquin Park, also work their way into this exhibition.
KRIS BOVENIZER website
ArtScopeTO 02: Interviews with Kris Bovenizer + Dawn Hemmy
by Mark R. Hansen (December 1, 2016) with audio and video recordings
Photos below are from the Fordham PR article. Read more here.
O Canada: for Canada's 150th (Kris Bovenizer, July 2017)