Updated: Oct 27, 2021
During our 2018 Canadian Felt Symposium, we were lucky enough to be able to chat with some of the artists participating in the 2018 felt :: feutre canada exhibition, SHRINE.
Sheila Thompson created the work, Strong Spaces, for this exhibition.
From Sheila’s artist statement:
There are stories in Sheila’s fibre art. Drawing on her lived experience, she tucks thoughts about geography, science, and social justice between the layers. She hopes they will start conversations.
Her body of work, comprising abstracts and impressionistic landscapes, explores themes of harmony and conflict in community; inheritance and resilience; migration and movement; and transitions. Her latest work offers subtle commentaries via embedded silk images of her own work, fragments of articles and slides of biogeography field studies in Africa. Two new groups of work focus on the railway and their created myths about “opening the west”, and her fun experiments with slime mold.
She has co-curated the award-winning Canadian touring textile show “Edge of the Forest” and the online exhibition with felt :: feutre Canada called “Transitions.” She has been a board member on a couple of arts organizations in Toronto and has exhibited widely over the past 15 years.
You can see more of Sheila’s work here