I am interested in human connections with the natural world and by extension the process of plein-air drawing. There is something deeply humanizing when the senses are activated through nature. The environmental pioneer Rachel Carson stated that “there is in us a deeply seated response to the natural universe, which is part of our humanity.”  

My most recent series is an exploration with gyotaku, the traditional method of printing fish, originating from Japan in the 1800’s. 

The gyotaku are a natural progression in my experimentation with printmaking processes. Unlike a print that is traditionally framed behind glass, I have modified a selection of prints to canvas with the intent of creating an immediacy through a mixed media composition.

Nature and sustainability are common threads that connect my work, whether it be printmaking, plein-air drawing, mixed media or installation using recycled materials. I have drawn inspiration over the years from time spent living and working in Japan.

Each gyotaku is a reflection on our human connection with nature. They are a reminder that we share the planet with all living species and that as humans we have a responsibility in recognizing the value of the natural world… It is my my intention that these works honour that life and its habitat. 

Education

1993 - 1998

Nova Scotia College of Art and Design

Bachelor of Fine Arts (Interdisciplinary)

1991 - 1992

Sheridan College of Applied Arts and Technology

Art Fundamentals 

Art Education- Public and Private

 

2012 - 2018         

Art Specialist, The Booker School, Port Williams NS

2006 - 2019         

Private Workshops and Lessons, Private Art Studio

2008 - 2013         

Art Instruction, Wolfville Recreation Department

Art Instruction, Port Williams Elementary School       

Art Workshops for Children, Wolfville Farmers Market

Art Instruction for Camps and High School Development Workshops, Ross Creek Centre for the Arts

Summer Art Program Development, Kentville Farmers Market

Art Workshops, Horton High School

 'Art and Nature' Summer Camp Development, Acadia University

Art Workshops, Acadia's Grow with Art Program

2007

Director of Programs Community Outreach and Galleries, Ross Creek Centre for the Arts   

Gallery Exhibitions and Installations

2007 - 2019

Annual Acadia Art Exhibition, Acadia University Art Gallery, Wolfville NS

2020, 2019

PreShrunk Exhibition, Argyle Fine Art Gallery, Halifax NS

2018

Sustainability Installation with Students, Noggins Corner Farm Market, Greenwich NS

2016

Apples - Exterior Installation with Students, The Noodle Guy, Port Williams NS

 

2009

Between the Pages; The Artists's Book, Corridor Gallery, Halifax NS

Small Large: Experiments with Scale - Visual Arts Nova Scotia, Acadia University Art Gallery, Wolfville NS

The 4th Annual Great Pumpkin Mosaic, Harvest Gallery, Wolfville NS

Journey, Ross Creek Centre for the Arts, Canning NS

2007

The Secret, Argyle Fine Art Gallery, Halifax NS

New Faces, Nova Scotia Art Sales and Rental, Halifax NS

 

2006

A Gathering of Visions - Recent Works by Nova Scotia Printmakers, Acadia University Art Gallery, Wolfville NS

Prints 2002 - A Benefit for the Honolulu Printmakers, Honolulu Academy of Arts, Honolulu, Hawaii

Self Portrait Exchange Portfolio - Honolulu Printmakers and the Hui No'eauHonolulu Academy of Arts - Honolulu, Hawaii

September 11 Memorial Portfolio - The American Print Alliance, Online and Travelling Exhibition

 

2001

Impressions - Honolulu Printmakers Annual Open Studio, Honolulu Academy of Art, Honolulu, Hawaii

Show 2000 - Canadian Artists Living in Japan, Canadian Embassy, Tokyo, Japan

 

1998

Responses, Art Gallery of Nova Scotia, Halifax NS

Press Gang Show, NSCAD Anna Leonowens Gallery 11, Halifax NS

Printorama - Printmaker's Exhibition with Dan O'Neil and Bob Rogers, NSCAD Anna Leonowens Gallery 1, Halifax NS

A13 + Foundry Group Exhibition with Dennis Gill, Cumberland County Museum, Cumberland NS

 

1995

From Clay to Silver - Foundry Exhibition with Catherine Ross, NSCAD Anna Leonowens Gallery 11, Halifax NS

 

1994

Printorama - Printmaker's Exhibition with Ed Porter and Bob Rogers, NSCAD Anna Leonowens Gallery 11, Halifax NS

Solo Exhibitions, Installations & Collections

2019                       

Experiments with Gyotaku, Argyle Fine Art, Halifax NS

 

2008                       

5000 Apples - Outdoor Installation, Community Park, Berwick NS

Evolution of Pattern, Charles MacDonald House Museum, Centerville NS

 

2003

Prints, Hardbean Café and Gallery, Annapolis, Maryland

 

2001

Recent Prints, Heaven's Door Café Gallery, Toyko, Japan

 

2000 

Outdoor Installation and Performance, Setegaya Park, Tokyo, Japan

 

1998

Print Collage Series, Jazz Café Gallery, Halifax NS

Print Collage Series, Trident Café, Halifax NS

Nature Reflected, NSCAD Anna Leonowens Gallery 11, Halifax NS

Artwork represented by Teichert Gallery, Halifax NS

Artwork in Private Collections - Canada, USA, Europe, Japan

 © 2020 Rachel Reeve Art