Elizabeth Babyn: Cosmic Fishnet | Richard Sewell: wherelocal (too)
Don't miss the Q & A with both artists THIS SUNDAY December 1st @ 2pm!
(This is a re-post of Elizabeth's visit as it seems to have disappeared from the blog.
You can revisit studio Richard's here.)
a visit with Elizabeth Babyn
DESCRIBE YOUR SUBJECT MATTER FOR THIS NEW BODY OF WORK.
For the past several years I have been intrigued by the inter-relationship between sacred geometry and Fibonacci’s number sequences. When I learned that these sequences were tied to the golden mean ratio, I investigated further and found out that these sequences further demonstrate that all things in nature and indeed the universe begin with a single point and their very proportions are constantly being repeated everywhere and in everything.
While researching I also stumbled upon a beautiful design that was coined the ‘Cosmic Fishnet’, the author claimed that this motif held within it each and every possible sacred geometry design in existence. Unfortunately, I was rather careless with my notes and as a result haven’t been unable to locate the source of the ‘Cosmic Fishnet’ term, but regardless I liked the name and what it implied and decided that I would incorporate this design along with the Fibonacci number sequences as a symbolic metaphor for our universal connection to all things.
My multilayered process acts as a vehicle to deliberately reveal, hide, or lose bits of process, which in turn serve as symbolic metaphors for the seen, the unseen, the known and the unknowable.
WHAT IS THE BIGGEST RISK THAT YOU HAVE TAKEN IN YOUR WORK?
I am probably taking the biggest risk right now with my current body of work. Previously, I had been known for my colourful acrylic paintings on canvas, now I am working with all sorts of textile materials, the colours are much quieter, I am working in layers incorporating spiritual symbolic metaphors and there is an apparent shift towards installation art. There are certainly challenges to entering new territory, but the risks are well worth it.
WHAT ARTISTS WOULD YOUR WORK MOST LIKE TO HAVE A CONVERSATION WITH?
WHAT DOES YOUR STUDIO SPACE MEAN TO YOU?
It is so liberating to have a designated space to engage in creative work in the manner that I envision. I could not possibly work in the way that I currently work if I had to work at home as I once did in the past. I am fortunate that my space is large and I use every inch of it. I set up different workstations for each of the processes that my current body of work requires and then move from station to station as needed, this movement keeps me from loosing my objectivity and allows me to percolate more ideas for the pieces that are at rest.
DO YOU EVOKE A PERSONAL HISTORY INTO YOUR PRACTICE?
My artwork is a reflection of what I hold most dear and true to me.
It is a continuum of my spiritual or meditative practice, so yes in that sense I certainly do.
THANKS FOR THE VISIT ELIZABETH!
Elizabeth's new work
can be seen at Loop Gallery November 9th - December 1st.