Work as Prayer/Prayer as Work

From: 
Friday, November 24, 2017
To: 
Saturday, January 20, 2018
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by Carolyn Mount

Work as Prayer/Prayer as Work is a collection of reclaimed embroidered rags. Each piece is a meditation on the work and labour that shapes our lives. Though the temptation exists to repair and renew these collected fabrics to the potential or purpose they once possessed (similar to the Japanese tradition of boro), instead, I choose to simply honour and respond to the state of the cloths as they are. Each stain and worn-out place speaks to a life lived. Once used to clean or cover our tender bodies, they are now relegated to under the kitchen sink or the basement for the most menial of tasks. Yet their history, their story, like ours, is unique. Likewise, the slow act of stitching represents the different forms prayer can take in our life over different seasons. Sometimes distant, other times fully embodied in who we are through all we do, how we respond to this unfolding is in itself an act of prayer.

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Carolyn Mount has had solo shows at artist-run centres across Canada, recently including SNAP Gallery, Martha Street Studio and Centre de diffusion Presse Papier, and has exhibited in numerous group shows internationally.

See Sacred DNA - Family and Icons, another exhibit running at the same time.