The Sins of Our Fathers
Lianne Suggitt and Emily Turner
November 8 - December 6, 2011
Reception: November 26, 6-8pm
Visual Bites: November 17, 2:30pm
(Artist Talks followed by a discussion with Master of Art Conservation students on conservation techniques and issues)
Emily Turner, detail from The New Country, waterless lithography, 2011
The Sins of Our Fathers is a multifaceted show by Lianne Suggitt and Emily Turner that explores ideas of the past, through a variety of media including painting, printmaking and sculpture. The show examines the way in which past generations impact future generations. Exploring these ideas in the context of rural Canada, the work in this exhibition is an examination of people and their passage through time.
Lianne Suggitt, Lingering, oil on canvas, 2011
Lianne Suggitt | Artist’s Statement
My work is mainly inspired by rural life and double exposure photography. I enjoy the simplicity of the 18th and 19th century rural lifestyle. To create a sense of time I overlap country landscapes and translucent period-dressed figures, employing ghostly imagery to touch upon the idea of mental decay. I create these paintings and sculptures to explore the relationship between forgotten generations of rural life and those of today. Through my work I hope to present an interesting view of history from a contemporary perspective.
Lianne Suggitt is in her final year of fine art at Queen’s University. She is an artist who paints and sculpts rural scenes from Canada and around the world. She is interested in reanimating the past in an imaginative and simplistic way. She has shown with the Union gallery and the Artel in Kingston. You can see more of her work at liannesuggitt.blogspot.com
Emily Turner | Artist’s Statement
My work is focussed on the larger community of rural Canada in the eighteenth and nineteenth century. I have used photographs as well as text to create a body of work that spans landscapes and people across the country. My work explores themes of displacement and conflict in a new land, as well as the establishment of the institutions of the old country. I have expressed these ideas through lithography and waterless lithography which have allowed me to incorporate photographs and text into my work.
In my practice as a whole, I explore historical themes, with most of my work focussing on Canada before Confederation. My work often revolves around the rural setting, as well as the early settlements in Quebec, Ontario and the Maritimes.
Emily Turner is a fourth year student in the Bachelor of Fine Arts Program. The themes in her work often focus on historical events in the British colonies as well as on architecture. After the culmination of her degree at Queen’s, she plans to pursue graduate work in art history focussing on colonial ecclesiology.