Updated: Nov 4, 2021
Connie Michele Morey
Opens Friday, November 10, 2017, 7-9 pm continues weekends until November 26 (12-5 pm)
arc.hive Artist Run Centre 2516 Bridge St, Victoria, BC, Canada arc-hive.weebly.com
Connie Michele Morey is a teacher, artist, writer and curator. Her work explores themes of community-based practice and the politics of marginalization. Her studio practice focuses on the use of materials and practices that are embedded with with cultural significance and relate to areas of study such as gender, ecology and society. She is a multi-dimensional artist who works with fibre, sculpture, installation, contemporary craft, performance & critical-creative writing. Morey’s work is deeply influenced by her rural childhood and family traditions of working with masonry, construction, craft and textiles.
Morey’s upcoming Dwellings” is an exploration of “gendered notions of home as an organic interpretable eco-system of inside-outside and private-public.” Or as Morey says in a recent discussion with Preview magazine “a history of men working outside and women working inside."
These themes are investigated through mediums such as felt, photography and installation. In one of her pieces she uses felted bricks, photographs of worn skeleton buildings, and an installation of a small structure built from reclaimed wood that is infiltrated by wool colonies in order to investigate the historical and symbolic relationship between the gender specific practices of building and textiles as well as the idea of home penetrable and mutable.
In her statement about her exhibition Morey says, “My body is a memory site where ecologies of gender dwell, where my father’s work as a builder, and my mother’s work with textiles interpenetrate each other to occupy bone and flesh. Just as ecosystems consists of interdependent colonies, my body is colonized by a history of men working outside and women working inside to infiltrate the porous walls of the structures of home, thereby inhabiting one another. We live and dwell together.”