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Marilyn Chapman in Studio
Events · 20th May 2011
Campbell River Art Gallery
Meet Artist and Former Campbell River resident Marilyn Chapman Thursday, May 26 at 7 p.m. at the opening of her exhibit ‘Fragile Entanglements.’

‘Fragile Entanglements’ – a new exhibit opening at the Campbell River Art Gallery Thursday, May 26 - features the works of a former local resident who is inspired by our extraordinary Vancouver Island landscape.

Victoria artist Marilyn Chapman, who taught in School District 72 for many years, looks deeper than most for her subject matter. She sees the scrolls of rainforest foliage, weathered driftwood beaches, swirls of sea patterns and repetitive raindrops, and expresses the inner life that teams beneath the outward vision. Chapman will be at the Campbell River Art Gallery for the exhibit opening Thursday, May 26 at 7 p.m. Members of the public – including art fans as well as former students and co-workers – are welcome to attend the opening to meet with Chapman and view ‘Fragile Entanglements.’

In ‘Fragile Entanglements,’ sponsored by Denise Mitchell Interiors, Chapman steps inside the landscape to represent nature abstractly and organically. She lends an artist’s eye and a painter’s skill to environmental awareness. Using acrylics on large canvases, she explores the delicate co-existence of ecosystems and the interwoven, complex life systems we rely on.

“I paint in an organic, layering style where blankets of fluid, watery colour are built up on large canvases, superimposed with intricate patterns to represent nature’s delicate detail,” Chapman said. “The resulting abstractions are interwoven, interdependent environments.”

With our modern lives taking awareness away from our dependency on nature, we are often oblivious to the fact that we rely on complex life systems constantly working together at many levels: revolving universes, sunrises and sunsets, tidal ebb and flow, swirls of sea patterns; microcosms and macrocosms. This reality is an essential element of Chapman’s art-making process, calling us to see our role and responsibility within the complex whole.
When Chapman steps inside the landscape to record and represent nature, her journey reveals intricacies rarely acknowledged by the naked eye. Her contemplations unveil an elaborate convergence of organisms and forces and each piece reveals a dynamic, high-density whole. The viewer is drawn into these hidden universes through Chapman’s inspiration, deep vision, and highly detailed painting process.
Chapman’s art studies took place in Manitoba before she left the prairies for the west coast. She has exhibited extensively in Vancouver and Victoria in numerous shows and tours, as well as in Studio Vogue in Toronto.

For more information, contact:
Denise Sharkey
Executive Assistant
Campbell River Art Gallery