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Mission exhibit explores an artist’s love of perspective and cultural form

Fold Crease: Interpretations of Origami by Karlie Norrish McChesney now on display at gallery

The Mission Arts Centre will be running a unique exhibition in the Rock Family Gallery May 4-22.

“Fold & Crease: Interpretations of Origami” by multi-media artist, Karlie Norrish McChesney explores the artist’s love of perspective and cultural form.

“All things mathematical inspire me. I love to solve puzzles, especially those with 3D form; like origami modulars. I am drawn to the accurate meticulousness required to make origami,” said McChesney.

“It has a simple complexity; simple because it is paper folded and creased, and complexity because intricate shapes are constructed. I learned to make origami over 30 years ago and became even more intrigued with the art form after watching the documentary, Between the Folds, by PBS’s Independent Lens. It demonstrated how mathematics and physics have informed origami structure.”

McChesney’s art practice requires much measuring, calculating and arranging of colour, so much so that her work is a form of puzzle solving.

Her preferred medium is fibre in the form of stitched textiles with an element of mixed media applied to the surface or standing as an installation accompanying the 2D work; these materials include paint, paper, and plastic.

McChesney is a retired art teacher from the Chilliwack School District. She is an active member in SAQA (Studio Arts Quilts Association), FAN (Fibre Art Network) and in the CVAA (Chilliwack Visual Artists Association). Her work has been shown in both group and solo exhibitions, and was also featured in the 2019 Fraser Valley Regional Biennale.

Gallery hours are, Tuesday to Saturday, noon to 4 p.m. Masks are required and gallery space is limited to four visitors at a time.

The Rock Family Gallery is located at 33529 First Ave. in Mission.

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