February 11 – March 12, 2022

Rise. Recover. Repeat.

Rosemary Burden, Connie Sabo, and Debbie Westergaard Tuepah

Meet the Artists: Saturday, February 12th @ 2pm (In-person at the Arts Centre) 

Rise. Recover. Repeat. is an exhibition of artwork from the material and process driven practices of artists Rosemary Burden, Connie Sabo, and Debbie Westergaard Tuepah.

Nobody lives everywhere; everybody lives somewhere. Nothing is connected to everything; everything is connected to something. – Donna Haraway

The works in the exhibition explore the thematic of socio-political and environmental precariousness across a range of sculpture, installation, drawing and painting. Through the use of found or discarded objects and environmental detritus, these artists use materials and process as a means of addressing a shared urgency and desire to shift the rapid decline of our environment, and work toward its recovery.

They are inspired by the sensitivity and fragility of local and global environmental issues, and by their time at an artist residency on the Sunshine Coast where research further developed their subject matter, material choices, and methods of making.

Burden’s goal over the past several years has been to use up what is already in her studio; to not purchase anything new and to reimagine, in 2 and 3 dimensions, things in her immediate environment. Her work includes drawings and small assemblages.

Sabo’s work evolves through a meditative and explorative process where materiality is key; using recycled newspapers, scraps of discarded cord and found materials from nature, she searches for balance as she examines and responds to the precarious state of our times.

Employing mass media, materials and her lived experience as impetus, Tuepah’s work considers momentous recent events. Using wood, yarn, and objects or materials from her environment or gifted from loved ones, she examines what it means to be in the now, in hopes of navigating where to go.