Again this week, inspired by the new film, “Watermark” by Edward Burtynski , Jennifer Baichwal and Nick de Pencier, we will focus on an artist who looks to water for content in their art practice.
This week’s “Saturday Spotlight” is on Herringer Kiss Gallery artist, Siobhan Humston and her piece, “Stem & Regrowth”. In this work, Siobhan has created a watery, semi transparent world where, upon closer examination, she reveals floating clusters of shapes and graphite drawing. As if swimming in the ocean, you move through Siobhan’s work and are rewarded with new discoveries at every turn. Trained as a printmaker in Cork, Ireland, Siobhan works in a layer at a time, laying down strata after strata of organic material for the viewer to dig through and explore.
Of Irish decent and residing on the coast of British Columbia, Siobhan is drawn to the ocean and bodies of water. She is passionate about conserving our water and the ecosystems within and often draws clusters of abstract coral reefs in her work. This work makes you feel buoyant yourself as if you are bobbing up and down in the water next to her earthly creations.
Image: ‘Stem and Regrowth”, Siobhan Humston, Watercolour, Acrylic and Graphite on Wood, 48″ x 72″, 2012.