The new year is starting off with a bang! Three of my works were accepted in The International Paper Art Biennial happening February 24th to March 4 at the Den Breughel Centre in Haacht, Belgium. Participating in international venues is always exciting and an honour. It seems like only yesterday that I was asked to create works as a response to the Great East Japan Earthquake for the group exhibition Rebirth: Reflections for Japan post 3/11 which took place at the Embassy of Canada Prince Takamado Gallery in Tokyo. That was in 2012. Time flies.
Thirty-six artists from eleven countries will be exhibiting at the Internationale Papierkunstbiënnale 2018. The vision of organizers Maurice Van der Speeten and Daniëlle Van Belle is to create an exciting new platform for discovering and presenting the very best international paper art artists, showing ambitious works made by leading and emerging craftsmen, and to provide an experimental space for imaginative new ways to experience and enjoy this craft as a fascinating, thought provoking art form. The biennial welcomes inspirational works which aim to challenge perceptions of craft, whether through scale, technique, design, interpretation of materials or display, including installations.
Those of you familiar with my work know that it tends to be humorous, funky, offbeat. I view events as situations that need to be turned on their heads in order to be understood for what they really are, varying degrees of insanity. Not unlike other humorous artists, my ideas are a combination of external stimuli interlaced with internal thoughts, feelings and preoccupations. I am delighted that my work feathers in the curators' vision. More to come on this impressive show.