AUDREY FELTHAM: THE INNER LANDSCAPE
“I am in search of a new place, a new time and a new attempt to make a bewildering world less painful, less stressful and less threatening. I have dug down deep, talked (a lot to myself) and have tried to listen carefully to what I am saying.” – Audrey Feltham, 2021
In this final installment of the Present Tense Series, this exhibition presents a new body of work by Audrey Feltham. A printmaker for close to three decades, Audrey Feltham started working with textiles in 2006. The pandemic solidified her move from paper to fabric, from large to small. It also forced her to look more closely at time. With this series, Feltham has combined images and colour through intuitive stitching. Her imagery is an accumulation of experiences, thoughts and hues—a record of one person’s time and emotions, delicate or aggressive depending on the day.
ABOUT THE ARTIST:
Based in Deer Lake, Audrey Feltham is a professional printmaker and fibre artist who has lived in Newfoundland and Labrador for more than 50 years. She received her BFA from Sir Wilfred Grenfell College in Corner Brook in 1992. She has exhibited in solo and group exhibitions at galleries such as the Craft Council Gallery (St. John’s); Mary E. Black Gallery (Halifax, NS); Beaverbrook Art Gallery (Fredericton, NB); Grande Prairie Art Gallery (Grande Prairie, AB); David Blackwood Gallery (Toronto, ON); and Flood Gallery (Dublin, Ireland). Her work is collected in public galleries and museums both nationally and internationally. She is the owner of Atelier West Studios in Deer Lake, NL.
ABOUT PRESENT TENSE:
Present Tense is a year-long exhibition series highlighting artists from across the province who have produced work during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Its intention is multi-layered and aspirational. On one hand, the present is full of tensions as we discover new ways of completing familiar tasks. On the other hand, a present tense anticipates a collectively defined future tense. The ideas and explorations presented in the series suggest possible paths forward. These paths are full of hope, sustainability and connectivity.
Image: Audrey Feltham. “Covid19: The Inner Landscape #09.” (2021) Mixed media on textile laminated to paper. 54cm. x 48 cm. Courtesy of the artist.