The thematic of ‘Space Between Us’ enfolds the onsite / offsite research incubator + production residency, conversations and collaborations with All Art Now curator, Abir Boukhari (Sweden), local and international artists: Shelley Vanderbyl and Nisrine Boukhari, and CVAG’s curators. Abir, Shelley and Nisrine have known one another for a number of years. Having met in Sweden and worked together in Winnipeg, Manitoba, they have maintained connection and collaboration over times and distances apart. During the residency incubator period, the ongoing dialogue between them will inform their practices. Traces of their research and development will be made visible through virtual and onsite satellites. Over the span of time and the space between us, curators and artists have undertaken a relational practice that is mounting a collaborative exhibition to be presented June 2021 – September 2021.
The project has begun with artist Shelley Vanderbyl onsite at the Comox Valley Art Galley for a production residency in the Project Room Studio, Dec 2020 – March 2021. During this time, the artist is further exploring her inquiry of signal fires as way-finding / making visible / calling out into the distance – while she creates a body of fresco works. Simultaneously, she continues to expand her work of painting tiny landscapes inside small medicine tins that fit into a pocket and, when opened, become portals for being transported to another world.
research excerpts: Shelly Vanderbyl, Jan 2021
Artwork: Signal Fire Night, with Pink. Fresco on panel, 16 ” x 20″. Shelly Vanderbyl