The opening date is approaching for Contained an exhibition by Rachel Gourley at the Craft Council of BC Gallery November 19th, – December 30th, 2015. In the lead up to to this exhibition we asked Gourley some questions to find out more about her art practice and inspirations.
Tell us about your journey as an artist?
I had a very academic training in painting and printmaking. I was an art teacher after that then a scientific illustrator. As such I saw, often through a microscope, the incredible design and detail and of natural forms. I experimented with textiles, with ceramics. I was a printmaker for years. The West Coast landscape was my inspiration. It still is. Everywhere I go I see pattern, colour and texture.
Polymer Clay is for me at this stage an ideal medium, I love its tactile quality. I like the feeling of it in my hands, its opaqueness, its transparency, colour and endless technical challenges.
What first made you want to become an artist?
I seem to have a strong need to be creative. I used to made my own clothes, I always have enjoyed cooking, I just like making things with my hands.
What emotional response do people have when they view your work or hold it in their hands?
Surprise. Polymer is a relatively new and unknown medium in BC. Historically it has been used mostly for making dolls and jewelry.
Now it is an accepted fine art medium.
What do you do when you are not creating?
I have traveled a lot and all that I have seen and experienced informs my art.
Contained an exhibition by Rachel Gourley runs Nov. 19th, 2015 – Dec. 30th, 2015
Opening: Thursday, November 19th, 6-8 pm
@ Craft Council of BC
1386 Cartwright Street, Granville Island