Stephanie Kellett exhibition opens at Oxygen
The Oxygen Art Centre is pleased to be presenting an exhibition of new
work by visual artist Stephanie Kellett. The exhibition will include a
series of new paintings, a found object installation and an audio
visual component. As research and inspiration for the creation of
‘Re-Wilding: Fire Starter’, Kellett travelled with her partner, bear
biologist and sound artist Robert E. Livingood to Chilko and Fish
Lakes on the Chilcotin Platueau which lies between the Fraser River
and Coastal Mountains of British Columbia. Together they spent six
weeks living in this biologically rich environment amongst coastal
bears, wolves, wild horses and salmon runs . Kellett went to the
plateau with the intention of re-wilding herself and to “still her
mind” in the sublime beauty and deep quiet of the plateau. However,
what touched her deeply and has inspired her creative process was
found in the mundane, in the daily act of gathering twigs for starting
fires. This repetitive and simple act is the root of her new work and
exhibition, Re-Wilding: Fire Starter.
Stephanie Kellett is originally from the Okanagan and now resides in Nelson, BC.
She has studied fine arts at the University of British Columbia in the
Okanagan and also the University of Victoria where she received a BA
in Art History. During her time at the University of Victoria she was
awarded the Faculty Scholarship and the Marlet Chapter IODE
scholarship for her work. In 2014 she was a participant in the Toni
Onley Art Project. She has received funding from the Columbia Basin
Trust and the Columbia Kootenay Cultural Alliance for several of her
projects including Re-Wilding: Fire Starter of which this exhibition
sees the completion of a major project grant.
The exhibition ‘Re-Wilding: Fire Starter’ will run from January 6th
through to February 3rd, 2018. The gallery will be open Wednesdays to
Saturdays from 1-5pm.
The Oxygen Art Centre will host an opening reception for the artist on
Friday, January 5th from 7-9pm.
The artist will give a talk on her work on Saturday, January 20th from
4-5pm. Please join us! Admission is free and everyone is welcome.