Artist in Gwaii Haanas exhibition

Artists in Gwaii Haanas | Siobhan Humston, Sheila Karrow, Gregoire Mabit
Haida Gwaii Museum | June 29 -September 15, 2018

This is a three person exhibition conceived by Haida Gwaii Museum and Parks Canada as part of the Artists in Gwaii Haanas Artist in Residence program. Last July, we spent two weeks exploring Gwaii Haanas and making work in response to that incredible adventure back in the museum in Skidegate.

My works in this show were made in various studios over the last year. In the museum I made ninety drawings with graphite paint on photo paper in response to the number of photographs I had taken of islands, then on my return, I suspended them with fishing line on a large elm branch (From the Forest We See Water, From the Ocean We Breathe Land drawing installation).

The Never an Island series of 114 drawings (graphite & watercolour) began in New Zealand and completed at the Sitka Center for Art & Ecology in Oregon where I also made four twin pine needle boats with silver wire constructs (three are shown in this exhibition) titled Other Ways to Find Home. The 36″ square drawings (How to Make an Island #1, 2, 3 & 7) were also created in Oregon during this past autumn and winter, inspired by the Haida creation stories alongside my own thoughts around connection to nature and the term ‘isolation’.

Lastly, the piece in the plexi cabinet, Kunghit Island Finds is an arrangement of 891 pieces of plastic waste from an uninhabited island coastline in south west Gwaii Haanas, collected in under two hours. (read more under the Collection heading, Kunghit Island Finds)

Thank you to Nika Collison (ED & Curator) and to the Museum and Parks Canada staff, and especially to Kathy Pick who graciously used her Air Miles to fly me up for the installation and opening as well as hosted me in her home for both visits! Haawa.

 

 

 

 

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Artists in Gwaii Haanas exhibition

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An integral part of my art making process involves reflecting deeply about the poetics of place; about connection and disconnection to our environment; about the state of being in tune with nature. When I was one of three Artists in Residence in Gwaii Haanas and Haida Gwaii museum, I was deeply moved by the sacred sites that honour the beasts, the people, the land and the sea. I found myself in awe of the number of islands in this unbelievably beautiful archipelago as well as the use of the word ‘isolated’ in referring to the geographical area. In contrast, it was apparent how affected we are by the world around us, as I experienced first-hand when I collected, in under two hours, almost a thousand pieces of plastic rubbish on the uninhabited coastline of Kunghit Island.

During my travels of the last year, I have pondered the word ‘isolation’ in reference to islands and in conjunction to the sometimes lonesome aspects of the human condition. These ideas combine with my interest in and concern about climate change, rising sea levels, time passing and a need to feel connected to our surroundings, to nature, to each other. I am intrigued by creation stories as they meet contemporary ideas of quantum entanglement, and in seeing islands as simply the surface of massive mounds of subterranean earth connected beneath the surface, so too can the term isolation be open to discussion.

These drawings, sculptures and installation are part of an ongoing series, a visual and philosophical inquiry into the human condition as our world changes quickly and undauntedly around us. As I continue my own search for ‘home’ I am in constant awe of how all of our stories interweave.

‘Rock Star World Tour’

Although I am a musician, I am no rock star! My colleague Rory Macdonald of the fabulous boutique recording studio Orchid Studio, likes to upgrade my nomadic/artist residency/further education/travelling stints of the last few years to rock star status. I like to indulge his whim.

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I have just returned from four months in Europe where I was Artist in Residence at Cultureland in the Netherlands and then was invited to work and learn with Lucy Morrow Ceramics on the coast of Brittany, France. Both were incredible experiences where I worked with new materials, explored new places, got to meet and know new people, visited museums and made loads of new work. I worked with artichoke seed pods, found denim jeans, graphite paint, paper (my healthy staple), found fishing lines, porcelain soaked seaweed, slip cast porcelain and porcelain paper. I’ll be posting some of this new work as well as work created at other residencies in New Zealand and Oregon, under the Drawings and Sculpture headings.

    

The big news is that while I was in Europe I applied for a long term residency position, was shortlisted, participated in the six hour interview process and was selected as Marlborough College’s  sole Artist in Residence for the 2018/2019 school year. I am super excited to be moving back to England to live and work on the college campus in Wiltshire.

Later this month I am stoked to be heading north for the three person exhibition ‘Artists in Gwaii Haanas’ at the Haida Gwaii Museum at the end of June.

While I’m in the Vancouver area for the next two months, I will be showing and selling my artwork, as seen in the updated PDF below. I have an amended PDF of what is now available for sale. For questions about purchasing more recent work as seen on my website, or to be in contact about other inquiries please email me at smhumston@gmail.com or feel free to ring. When I am not in town, I have artist colleagues who will be looking after any rentals or sales of my work so I will forward requests onto them and they’ll be happy to help facilitate viewings and sales.

I could not be such a nomadic artist without the support of my friends and family so Thank You for your ongoing interest, encouragement and love – it all makes my world spin.

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Artist in Residence exhibition at Cultureland, Netherlands

You are cordially invited to the presentation of
Transitionland by Siobhán Humston
Thursday 12 April 2018 20.00 doors open at 19.30
Location: Admiraal de Ruijterweg 181, Amsterdam

IMG_0533‘Parachute Globe’ with Transitionland drawings

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Transitionland
“During my Cultureland residency I have been inspired by the exquisite graphic beauty of the polder areas, imagining the changes that the land and water have experienced over the centuries. I am interested in this transformation, what soil, water and human hands produce and the often overlooked aspects of natural beauty. From these considerations, I have made a series of graphite drawings, a fibre arts piece sewn reclaimed denim trousers, tea bags embedded with seeds and a small but substantial sculpture created by threading together over a thousand artichoke parachutes.”

Siobhan Humston (1967) is an interdisciplinary artist based in Vancouver, Canada. She holds an undergrad degree in printmaking from Crawford College of Art & Design in Ireland and was recently awarded an MFA (Art & Environment) with distinction from Falmouth University in the UK. Her life-long love of the natural environment coupled with a profound concern for its welfare fuels her desire to make art that may stimulate observers to consider their own connection to or disconnection from nature. She prioritizes using environmentally sensitive working methods, keeping in mind that ‘Art is an inseparable and essential part of human life.” (Grace McCann Morley)

website Siobhán Humston

Cultureland is a foundation that organizes creative work periods, projects and activities at the cutting edge of culture and nature. Cultureland began an Artist In Residence program in January 2017, giving artists time and space to develop work relating to the landscape and natural environment.

Into a new year!

This year has been life changing for me with shifts, growth and moves continuing into 2018. I offer a heartfelt thank-you to everyone who has shown myself and my work love in its many forms. It has become a tangible extension of my art practice to really experience life as one extra large, amazing and loving community.

Moving my things into storage in June, traveling to Ireland for the funeral of my beloved Uncle Liam, dog-sitting at Lake Huron near my parents, artist residencies in Haida Gwaii, New Zealand and currently Oregon; the deep satisfaction that comes with a love of natural elements, the ever intriguing inner journey and my art practice has made this whirlwind year a remarkable, beautiful collection of days!

In mid-January I return to Vancouver for a few weeks, then I’m excited to be Artist in Resident at Cultureland in the Netherlands. This two month residency will be a combination of city/culture (Amsterdam) and rural/nature (Starnmeer) culminating in an exhibition back in Amsterdam. In June, the work developed from the Haida Gwaii Museum/Parks Canada residency will be exhibited at the Haida Gwaii Museum, British Columbia curated by Niko .

In an effort to transfer my belonging into a smaller storage unit, I will be selling some paintings and household type things. If you’re interested, touch base via email. I have a PDF of available artwork with photos, sizes, medium and prices.

Thank you again, with best wishes for a fantastic year ahead!

IMG_6683     My studio & new work at the fabulous Sitka Center for Art & Ecology, Oregon, USA

IMG_6685A ‘top nine’ montage from Instagram

Thanksgiving

For all these trees. For this cabin. For the studio. For my neighbours. For this beautifully enveloping artist residency at Sitka Center. For the Sitka workers.
For land without names, borders and division.
For time & space to explore. For the desire, ability and encouragement to create art.
For the elks who have and have not been shot during hunting season.
For the rain. For the sunshine. For the wind, for the thunder. For the river, the estuary, the ocean. For the seals and sea lions, fish and birds.
For those who trust. For those who help. For those with compassion. For friends who be in touch, for friends who don’t. For friends who love. For family.
For music. For contrast, pain, doubt, sorrow, loss. For introspective time & the inner journey.
For creators.
For counters of stars. For thinkers, actors, writers, dancers, lovers. For caretakers.
For angels. For all my relations in spirit. For dreamers.

Islands & Time

It is amazing to me that I am already three weeks into the month long artist residency at Earthskin in New Zealand! Since packing my things into storage in Vancouver to make life as creatively exploratory and affordable as possible, I have spent time at Lake Ontario visiting family and house-sitting, attended my beloved Uncle Liam’s funeral in Ireland with my Dad, spent a whirlwind eighteen days in Gwaii Haanas and the Haida Gwaii Museum as one of three artists in residence and am now preparing an artist talk for this Sunday at Earthskin.

With the rise in rent at the ARC (Vancouver’s unique live/work artist’s studios) and my desire to continue to develop my art practice outside of painting work for commercial galleries, these residencies have been a perfect unfolding for me both professionally and emotionally. I have felt my body relax here in a way that it hasn’t in years. Emerging through exploration of the Nikau palm forest, the Gannet bird colony and Muriwai Beach, is the organic linking of new themes that began in Gwaii Haanas with already established ideas from my MFA studies in Cornwall, UK.

My art practice is evolving in unexpected ways and as a direct response to following this interdisciplinary path, I have added two new pages to the website: COLLECTIONS and EARTHWORKS. I am also building a synopsis page of the artist residencies I’ve done since 2012 to visually link these creatively intense periods that have marked significant shifts in the type of art that I make.

Next up: from October 3rd through until mid-January I will be Artist in Residence at the stunning Sitka Center for Art & Ecology (Oregon coast, USA) with several artists, poets, musicians and ecologists. To follow the day to day stream of photographs, please follow me at ‘siobhanhumstonart’ on Instagram

Meanwhile, here’s a sampling of what’s new.

eelgrass globeEelgrass Globe, Haida Gwaii Museum, July 2017 [Globes Earthworks page]

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Tidal Marking, Haida Gwaii Museum  [ Tidal Marking   Earthworks page]

blacks & colours laid outKunghit Island Finds, Haida Gwaii Museum [ Kunghit Island Finds  Collections page]

islands on table 1Ninety Gwaii Haanas Islands, Haida Gwaii Museum [not yet posted]

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Never an Island, Always the Sea Rising, Earthskin New Zealand [work in progress]

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Earthskin studio, work in progress

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Earthskin studio, Never an Island drawings in progress