Joanna Close: Documenting the Farm
15 January - 28 February 2016
Documenting the Farm is a series of textile works by Nova Scotia based artist Joanna Close that commemorate a farm that no longer exists as a physical place.
Hooked rugs and screen printed recipes on feedsack fabric, document the farm granted to Close’s ancestors in 1858. Where her mother grew up, this farm remained in their family until 2011 before being sold to a neighbouring gravel quarry, like many other small farms, as it is difficult to make a living from these rural New Brunswick farms.
The rugs capture the memory of Close’s family’s farm, pay tribute to and celebrate farm life and also speak the to a changing rural culture in the Atlantic Provinces.
Image: The Kitchen Stove, 2015, Hand dyed rug hooked wool on burlap