MAY 22 - JUNE 15, 2013
CLOSING RECEPTION: Sat, June 15, 12 - 5pm
Listed as a Must-See in NOW Magazine
Listed in Gallery Walk on Artoronto.ca
Artist narration of Reclamation available on YouTube
Review by Victoria Ward
The Red Head Gallery is pleased to present Reclamation, an exhibition by artist Sally Thurlow. Reclamation celebrates a series of works created by the artist over the past five years. Much of the work was inspired by a six week residency in Gros Morne National Park, Newfoundland, in 2008. Other pieces emerged from Sally’s own back yard, the shoreline of Lake Ontario near Bond Head. Time worn driftwood, the textured surface of ancient rocks, and porcelain shards from shattered china; each fuel her creative vision. These objects have been carefully collected and studied by the artist during her shoreline wanderings. Both natural and man-made, they have been transformed by time and the elements. Sally reclaims these objects, reinterprets and reshapes them, imbuing them with new meaning while honouring their origins and history.
Sally Thurlow grew up in a rural Toronto suburb, with woods and the Don River. For the past twenty-six years she and her family have been living on a cliff-top overlooking Lake Ontario. This has greatly influenced her work as well as her BA in Fine Arts at University of Toronto, finishing with Cultural and Environmental Studies at Trent University where she also gave a series of Artist Workshops. Earlier, she studied Design and Print-making at OCAD, and Fashion Design at George Brown College. Following her Canoe Dreamings series at 6 provincial galleries across Ontario, a six-week Artist in Residence program on the shores of Newfoundland’s Gros Morne National Park was the impetus for this latest series of sculptures. She has had solo and group shows across Ontario in public galleries, and group shows in the US and Mexico. She is a member of The Iris Group and Red Head Gallery, both artists’ collectives. She has received numerous Ontario Arts Council awards. Her work is held in private collections across Canada.