Destruction Recrafted: Hurricane Fiona Up Close and Personal
Nearly a year after Hurricane Fiona impacted Prince Edward Island, a new exhibition from the PEI Crafts Council (PEICC) offers a platform for Islanders to reflect on shared experiences in the wake of the storm.
Presented at Confederation Centre Art Gallery, Destruction Recrafted: Hurricane Fiona Up Close and Personal features work from 17 Island artists. PEICC invited craft makers to share their experiences and emotions through their work to help bring Islanders together, move past the trauma, and to make something beautiful out of the devastation.
Artists include Jim Aquilani, Alex Bevan Baker, Ellen Burge, Ashley Anne Clark, Fairouz Gaballa, Trudy Gilbertson, Jessica Hutchinson, Cathy Murchinson Krolikowski, Arlene MacAusland, Lucas MacDonald, Rilla Marshall, Noella Moore, Julia Purcell, Nora Richard, Ayelet Stewart, Jane Whitten and Bette Young.
Inspired by the carnage in Island forests and on the shores, the artists interpreted their own experiences, the effects of the hurricane, or the beauty that they still found around them. In many cases, they were able to incorporate actual debris from the storm into their work.
The exhibition is curated by Paula Kenny and Linda Berko.
Photo credit: Alex Bevan Baker, Fiona “Treepot” Set, 2023. Stoneware – Wild Clay Glaze. Photo credit: Peter Young.
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