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Wed 25 Oct 2023 – Sat 27 Jan 2024
Plate Glass Gallery at NAC

Skirts and Cores
Mori McCrae

Metaphor provides the means to explore a larger reality, a mystery, through identifying it with something familiar. My soft-sculpture apple cores and skirts are metaphors for the universal cycle of transformation. Using techniques from Grade 9 Home-Ec. classes, I connect pieces of painted canvas to form sculptural shapes. Each piece becomes a reflection on senescence in the biological journey of all life forms. My recent book of poems, Love and Lunch contains poetry that is thematically linked to these soft sculptures. Love and Lunch was published in 2022 by Aeolus House. Living and working in the Niagara Region, in everyday proximity to its fruit lands, provides inspiration for my work.

Mori McCrae attended the Ontario College of Art from 1982-86, majoring in Fine Art. For the past 26 years, she has lived and worked in the Niagara Region. She is a founding member of the Jordan Art Gallery (2001) and a recipient of numerous exhibition grants from the Ontario Arts Council, for travel, teaching and exhibiting, Mori was awarded a residency at the Cill Rialaig Artist Residency in Ireland in 2011, where she expanded her practice to include the liminal shift from image to word. In 2013, she attended Sim Residency in Iceland and in 2015 and 2018, the Tyrone Guthrie Centre where she furthered this exploration. She is a member of the Canadian Authors Association and the League of Canadian Poets. She is also a member of the Canadian Artist Network mentoring programme.