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Natural and artificial flavours
To see things as they are, rather than as we are — that’s the aim of Objective Reality.
The new art exhibition opens Sept. 27 at West Vancouver’s Ferry Building and boasts a distinct North Shore flavour in its choice of theme.
Curator Ruth Payne handpicked the five artists in the joint showing with an eye to exposing emerging artists whose work in realism celebrates the natural and artificial landscapes of the North Shore.
Julie Rudd of West Vancouver is one of those artists.
“I’ve been really playing with the juxtaposition between natural and manmade environments,” Rudd said, over a silkscreen canvas of stark linear buildings and delicately stitched trees.
The piece is called Landscape and it’s part of a triptych Rudd will display for the Ferry Building show.
Her work incorporates paint, canvas, photography and textiles like felt and stitching, lending a real physical presence to an otherwise flat domain.
She models her work after no one in particular, she told The Outlook; her unique blend of styles just sprang up organically one day from “playing” with her craft.
“Now it feels a bit like pushing a piano uphill — trying to get textile arts into shows,” Rudd said in her West Vancouver home. “But more and more mixed media is coming up now and it’s getting easier.”
Part of a local artist group called “Cutting Edge,” Rudd’s pieces — from tantalizingly tactile vegetable profiles to works inspired by trail running on the North Shore — demand the viewer engage all three dimensions of the art with either a hand or a rotating gaze.
It’s fitting that Rudd describes much of her current work as a “dance.”
“It’s trying to find that balance between what we do to our environment and what we need from it,” she said. “And I do that by exploring visual texture and natural-artificial landscapes.”
Rudd, a British-born graduate of Capilano University’s textile arts program, will be joined at Objective Reality by fellow realists Lynn Pocklington, Alan Blair, Richard Alm and Melanie Cossey.
The exhibition runs until Oct. 16.