On October 25th I will be travelling to Prince George to guide an exhibition tour of Lily Mead Martin: New Works. Lily has been living and working as the artist-in-residence at the Neighbourhood Time Exchange | Downtown Prince George for the past month, and this exhibition will showcase the work she has made during the residency.
Lily Mead Martin has been working extensively with drawing, sculpture and installation over the past few years. During this residency, she has pushed and tested her relationship with these mediums through an investigative experimentation with textiles. The exhibited works on paper utilize fabrics as a drawing tool; applied ink seeps through different types of netting or gauze to stain the paper below. Highly sensitive drawings, the warp and weft of the textile leave behind unusual gridded marks that convey volume and depth on the page. The spatial quality of the work, and the gridding that resembles latitudinal and longitudinal lines, situates these drawings in relation to mapmaking processes. A geographic understanding of the works on paper is further encouraged by the physically three-dimensional sculpture and installation in the exhibition. On display is a collection of the textiles used to make the drawings. The dried ink has shrunk, pulled, twisted and stiffened the fabric into a diverse array of shapes. In effect, the drawing process has provided the textile with a structural integrity that allows it to be formed in new ways. Described by the artist as fragments of maps, or bits of debris, these sculptural components provide an opening into thinking about the way mapping has a tendency to sculpt the sites and spaces we inhabit.
At the heart of these works is a lively dialogue with place, and the efforts of the artist to gain a deeper understanding of Prince George. Describing her excitement about the results of these newly developed processes, Martin notes the importance of “when small, imagined details become connected to a bigger space.” The works reflect the conditions of their own environment, and have been highly informed by the artist’s experience in the northern city.
This event has been generously supported by the BC Arts Council.
The Neighbourhood Time Exchange | Downtown Prince George is a partnership between Living Labs at Emily Carr University of Art + Design and Downtown Prince George.