Carol Mitchell & Marlene Davis
A two person show of two-dimensional mixed-media work by two Victoria, British Columbia artists. The artists share common interests in found, weathered, and junk materials from various locales. They re-use, re-examine, reform and revive them. Mitchell and Davis shared a residency in Cornerbrook, Newfoundland, returning with various scavenged items that also reappear in this exhibition. This exhibition includes mixed-media work as well as drawing and painting.
Born and raised in Pincher Creek, Alberta, Carol Mitchell studied art at various schools throughout Canada. She received her B.F.A from the University of Lethbridge in 1985. The themes that consistently run through this figurative work is the examination of the rural experience using places, events, or objects from the past. Mitchell makes use of imagery from the Mid-century, most often taken from her early years in Alberta. Mitchell uses landscape, antiquated domestic objects and commonplace historical and architectural references to create a strong narrative. Time, place and atmosphere are central to the work. By observing old artifacts, focusing on specific places, taking hints from the residue left behind, she tells a new story.
With numerous group and solo shows behind her, Marlene Davis is primarily known for both her abstract and figurative paintings. In the last year Davis has worked to include found objects in order to create abstract compositions. In this group of new work she has expanded her repertoire in order to make, once again, works that move the eye with a play of motion, texture and spatial ambiguity. Often pieces reflect a new interest in moving beyond the confines of the edge. When Davis places the work on the studio wall or on the outside of her home she notices that a “mark on the wall or a nearby object suddenly becomes part of the work.” Objects that do not “belong” to the work become potential participants and the work seems boundless.