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Animate Objects
Emma Craig | Faith Webster
March 27 - April 20, 2012
Reception: Saturday, March 31, 6-8pm
Visual Bites: Thursday, March 29, 2:30pm
(Artist Talks followed by a discussion with Master of Art Conservation students on conservation techniques and issues)


Emma Craig
Emma Craig, Thin Plate Coral 1, mixed media on paper, 2012

Animate Objects is a collection of drawings and prints that attempt to capture the vitality of natural objects and the environments they inhabit through two distinct artistic approaches. Emma Craig’s large-scale gestural drawings treat natural objects much like the human form, exposing their own energy-based identities while Faith Webster’s orderly
patterns bring together the uniformity found in nature with motifs of the artist’s own design. Together their work seeks to communicate the energy inherent in organic life forms.

Emma Craig | Artist’s Statement

I have always had an interest in figure drawing and the human form in relation to identity. In my work I draw upon these experiences when developing the identities of natural objects. My work predominantly consists of large-scale drawings that aim to articulate the relationship between natural objects and the human form, in a metaphorical collaboration and exploration of the natural qualities of my subject and their energy based identities. By focusing on creating a dialog between gestural drawings and natural objects, I communicate their uniqueness though the exploration of gestural line work, spatial texture technique and mass.

Emma Craig is a fourth year Bachelor of Fine Arts student with a minor in Gender Studies at Queen’s University. Her work creates a dialog between gestural drawings and natural objects, communicating their identities though an exploration of line, space and mass by means of large-scale drawings. After graduation she plans on perusing her artist interests in Toronto as well as continue on in higher education.

Faith Webster
Faith Webster, Seascape #2, transfer & rubbings, 2012

Faith Webster | Artist’s Statement

For this work I was inspired by the body plans of various organisms in their symmetry and organization. I chose to focus on the sea for its fabulous diversity of life forms, from the most microscopic to the gigantic. The sea is also part of the evolutionary history of our species and I believe many people feel a primordial connection to large bodies of water.

I decided to combine the designs that I draw spontaneously and stamp on paper in charcoal with photographic transfers of aquatic life forms. The repeating patterns reflect those found in the bodies and environments of my subjects that first and foremost have a functional significance to the creature – but also give them an aesthetic value to the human eye. I prefer to see these fragile works as temporary creations rather than something that should be conserved. After all, all existing collections of matter are ephemeral and soon to be recycled.

With Helix I wanted to examine the themes of pattern and organization on a micro level while simultaneously overwhelming the viewer by blowing them up to the macro level. The smaller patterns used in some places build on drawings of the molecular structures of the four nucleobases of DNA.

Originally from Scarborough, Ontario, Faith Webster moved to Kingston in 2008 to study fine art at Queen’s University. Her work focuses on print media, but at times her work blurs the lines between printmaking and drawing. Her interests have expanded significantly into the areas of psychology, biology and art history and has gained a broad interdisciplinary education in addition to her studio practice. In the future she plans to continue to study science and pursue a graduate work and a career that will amalgamate her interests.