The title alone for Amy Bowles‘ new exhibition warrants attention – Echoing Wood! Bowles ‘walk in the woods’ has paid off big time with her new ceramic works that portray her childhood relationship to her time spent in the forests in England. In these new pieces we can see the magic and imagination of the woods coming to life.

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Amy Bowles, Unttled, clay, found carved wood, 2015

Trees are worshiped as part of religious rites in almost every spiritual practice on earth. Tree worship was banned in Britain in the 1700’s but Christian Britons retained the hawthorn as a sacred tree transferring its spiritual value from pagan antiquity.

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Floria, Ceramic, 7.5 x7.5 x 5″, 2015

“Walking into a forest, one is called into another dimension by faces that peer out and silently beckon; with soundless, open mouths, a stare, a reaching hand. Here, textures and bodies morph with significant purpose, signalling invitation. I am here. I can see you looking for me, but I am invisible.

–Amy Bowles, June 2015″

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Amy Bowles, Echoing Wood, New ceramics and painting

Opening Reception Friday, September 11, 7 – 11 pm

September 11 – October 10, 2015

Paul Petro Contemporary Art. 980 Queen St W.

Shameless Plug: Art Hag is in the concurrent The Language of Flowers group exhibition at this same gallery, so get your buns out to see it! There are lots of queers in this show so be there.

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Andrew Harwood, Psytrance Funeral Bouquet – Diva Remix, sequins on colour photograph, 12 x 12″, 2015

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About the Author

Artist Statement

My interests in artistic production range from the obscure, to
experimental, popular, spiritual, queer and to the political. Working with
individuals, collectives and community groups have been part of my practice as an artist, curator and director. I prefer to create narrative-based and identity-based art, but also love artwork that explores more formalist themes and materials.

Biography

Andrew Harwood is a Toronto-based artist who recently graduated with
Masters Degree in Fine Arts form the University of Manitoba in Winnipeg in 2014. Harwood is the former Co-Director of Mercer Union, Interim Director of A Space Gallery Director of Zsa Zsa (Toronto) and Zsa Zsa West (Winnipeg). He has had over 30 solo exhibitions in Canada, The United States and participated in group exhibitions and biennales internationally. Harwood’s work is in the collections of the Toronto Dominion Bank, The Bank of Montréal, The University of Guelph, Queen’s University, Kingston, ON, Tom Thomson Memorial Art Gallery, Owen Sound, ON and in private collections throughout Canada and internationally.