Opening Reception: Thursday, October 4th, 6 - 9pm
The Red Head Gallery is proud to present artist Lynn Christine Kelly's Scorched Earth, a multi-media installation. In this new series of work, Kelly continues her investigation of humankinds’ interaction with the natural environment and considers our alienation from Mother Earth and her life-sustaining gifts. Experiencing lives devastated through natural disasters, accidental incidents, and illness, in spite of the devastating results of chemical interventions and the overtly damaging results of much of our modern technology, and seeing the total destruction wrought by war, she questions why we continue down these ruinous paths. Dealing with issues of loss, sadness, and despair Scorched Earth is an exploration of personal turmoil as well as a comment on global strife.
The work consists of burnt wood wall sculptures, charcoal drawings on wood panel and linen, and a fractured sculpture of a burnt tree trunk. Making images of trees and then focusing on materials provided by trees, Kelly is offering a reminder of humankinds’ reliance on a connection with the rest of nature, the need to nurture our forests as well as each other, and hope for resurrecting respect for Mother Earth and recognition of the abundant possibilities offered.
Lynn Christine Kelly is a Toronto-based multi-media artist and a member of The Red Head Gallery. She received her MAFA from the Chelsea College of Art and Design, London, in 2008 after being awarded a BFA with Distinction from the Ontario College of Art and Design in 2006. Her work is held in private collections worldwide as well as corporate collections, including the Newmarket Public Library, United Way of Canada, and the Canadian Standards Association.