Material Considerations
Smithers Art Gallery, Smithers, B C        
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Material Considerations
A showcase of sculptural art in Smithers BC

Diana Sanderson & Melanie Thompson

Smithers Art Gallery
Smithers BC
March 1-April 2, 2022

Opening Reception | Friday, March 4, 7-9pm

 Central Park Building
1425 MainStreet
250 847-3898

Diana Sanderson has spent the last 40 years indulging her fascination with the inherent qualities of silk by dyeing and weaving it to create distinctive garments and accessories. The Silk Weaving Studio on Granville Island, Vancouver has been the centre of her exploration, providing a space that inspires her and creates an environment for exploration of the natural characteristics of the fibre for her fellow weavers and public alike.

Diana now spends more than half her time at her home on Salt Spring Island. In her studio there she is exploring how to exploit the inherent characteristics of silk, gut, wire and other structural materials like branches, twigs and vines to create 3 dimensional objects that provoke reflection on traditional use of natural materials to construct functional objects and structures. These materials, natural dyes and forms are offering her endless fascination and challenges as she endeavours to combine them in ways that highlight their diverse inherent characteristics while creating a metaphor for significant physical structures.

She is pleased to be showing her work once again with Melanie Thompson.

Melanie Thompson's Artist Statement
I am a multidisciplinary artist. My work is materials driven and that is what inspires my making. My approach is experimental and I push the material to see what it is capable of. I work with natural and found materials. Everything is grist for the mill. I often obtain materials without having a clue what to do with them, the process of working with the material in an exploratory way informs my decisions of what to make, what techniques to use, what form they will take. Materials also direct the concept behind the work which leads to large installations and collaborations with other artists.
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