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Thursday January 10th 2019 to Sunday February 24th 2019

Wild Teachings

Kathleen Morris

Opening Reception: Thursday January 24 7:00-9:00pm 

Proudly part of DesignTO (formerly Toronto Design Offsite Festival)

The textiles in Wild Teachings invite the viewer to walk through my neighbourhood and further afield. They reference—both literally and metaphorically—a deeply felt affinity for the “more than human world” (Abram 2017) and a sense of reciprocity with the living landscape. The leaves and branches of Linden, Salix, and Smoke pay direct homage to their source, embedding the parts of the plant in the woven textile. Others are interpretive works, designed to translate the natural world in which I am immersed into the language of thread. As both objects of reverence and records of contemplation, these textiles mark my affiliation to the living earth through which I define myself.

Wild Teachings draws freely from two streams of thought. The first, Ecophenomenology, recognizes the human body as a primary site for experiencing the world, and its fundamental interdependence with innumerable species and organisms. This essential reciprocity does not transcend what it means to be human, but defines it, affirming an enduring and elemental dialogue between human species and all others.

Ideas of place-based education are also intrinsic to this work. Environmentalist, David Orr asks what it means to inhabit a place, rather than simply reside in it, the notion of making a home hinging on humans taking their place within a web of pre-existent life forms. My interdependence and essential affiliation with the plant species in my neighbourhood defines my own place within it. Their leaves, branches, and fronds embedded within the woven textile, infuse this alliance with time, depth, and lived understanding.

Works Cited

Abram, David. The Spell of the Sensuous: Perception and Language in a More-than-Human World. Vintage Books, a Division of Random House, Inc., 2017.

All images courtesy of the artist.

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DesignTO, formerly the Toronto Design Offsite Festival, is Canada’s largest cultural celebration of design with over 100 exhibitions and events forming Toronto’s design week, January 18-27, 2019.

Going into its 9th year, DesignTO transforms Toronto into a hub for creativity, taking design and art out of the studio and into the urban sphere, bringing people together to celebrate contemporary culture. We provide opportunities for emerging talent, and engage the community with exceptional and accessible public programming.

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