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Heather Aston: Waiting to Bloom/Waiting to Fly

 Heather Aston Waiting to Bloom Waiting to Fly

Heather Aston: Waiting to Bloom/Waiting to Fly
November 15, 2016-January 30, 2017
McGill Library, 4595 Albert Street, Burnaby

Waiting to Bloom/Waiting to Fly is a series of monotype prints by artist Heather Aston.

"As artists, we strive to make sense of the world around us by making images and marks that record our journeys of observation and experience. In this exhibition, my prints show the existence and experience that being trapped in our surroundings leaves upon us.

I have been confined to my home the last two summers while healing from two operations—the first, an Achilles heel operation and, the latest, a hip replacement. The amaryllis print series (stages 1, 2, 3 & 4) are monotypes with chine collé and represent a bulb rooted in a pot that finally starts to grow and bloom (much like me after I healed and could walk again). They show the joy of being freed.

After my hip replacement, I chose to make prints at home without access to a press. A birdcage became the main element of my sense of place. I carved it as a relief image, and the objects trapped inside represent my confinement within the household. These are monotypes, hand-coloured with the relief carved birdcage printed on top and then using chine collé as a last step in the process." – Heather Aston

Heather Aston is a full-time printmaker/painter who works out of the Dundarave Print Workshop on Granville Island, as well as her home studio in Vancouver. She also teaches printmaking, painting and mixed-media in schools, art institutes and studios. Born and raised in West Vancouver, she met and studied under notable BC abstract painter, Gordon Caruso, and went on to earn an Honours graduate degree in Printmaking from The Vancouver School of Art (now Emily Carr University) in 1971. She also studied at the Santa Reparata Institute in Florence, Italy, where she fell in love with the immediacy and spontaneity of monotypes. In 2001 she received a Canada Council Travel Grant to go to Yokohama, Japan, where she was artist in residence at the OM Printmaking Studio. In 2006 she returned to Japan as a guest speaker/artist for the openings in Nagasaki and Kochi of the Trilateral Exhibition: a three year travelling exhibition of selected works from 65 printmakers from Japan, Holland and Canada. Her work is exhibited regularly in galleries across Canada and is also represented in numerous collections locally and internationally.

Image credit: Heather Aston, Outward Bound - Stage III, 2014, Oil Monotype Diptych Chine Collé