JANE KIDD: CURIOUS
Amy Gogarty and Jane Ritchie
Kelowna Art Gallery
56 pp col. ill. 9 x 7.5 in softcover
$15.00 Can. $17.00 U.S.
Jane Kidd’s technically demanding and conceptually rich tapestries provoke questions about handcraft, disciplinary knowledge, and the importance of bringing historical practices into the contemporary art arena for critical discussion and debate. Her series Curiosities and Wonderland feature images of germinating seeds and aerial views of planted crops and draw attention to issues such as genetically modified and engineered organisms and the destruction of the environment. Using various weaving techniques and inspired by Curiosity Cabinets and the Natural History Museum, Kidd’s tapestries evoke relationships and contradictions between art and science, imagination and knowledge, and decoration and display. Jane Kidd is an award-winning, internationally recognized artist. Having taught at the Alberta College of Art + Design in Calgary, she currently maintains a studio practice on Salt Spring Island in British Columbia. She has exhibited across Canada, the United States, and in Japan, Europe and Australia. In 2016 she was awarded the Governor General's Award for Visual and Media Arts, Canada's foremost distinction for excellence in the visual arts.