Craft NB will travel to Fundy National Park on October 3-7 with 20 selected artists and curator Vicky Lentz to spend a week in the wilds of New Brunswick, where the artists will draw inspiration to create installation pieces in Spring of 2023 for the Beneath The Surface exhibition.
“My earliest childhood memories reveal innate senses that were very keen. Everything around me on the family farm, and in the wilds of the surrounding fields, set my curiosity on fire. I was fully alive and acutely aware of my environment. I belonged. I marvelled at jars of tadpoles and fireflies that I would sneak into my room. My thirst to understand the magic in this world led me to studies in the sciences and landed me with a university degree in Archaeology and Ecology. This keen sensitivity has remained a constant in my life. I began to realize that it was not a scientific mind that was relating to things but an empathetic soul.”
Vicky Lentz is a mixed-media visual artist from the northwest region of New Brunswick. She received degrees in archaeology and ecology from the University of Toronto and became a member of the RCMP. An accomplished artist, Vicky has received numerous grants, awards and distinctions, most recently being named Prix Éloizes 2022 Finalist – Artist of the Year in the Visual Arts. Vicky’s work has been the subject of several solo exhibitions and many group exhibitions in Canada and abroad. Her artwork can be found in many public and private collections. Vicky resides in northwest region of New Brunswick, where her studio is tucked away in a secluded maple forest.
“The richness of life in New Brunswick creates a different kind of art. Art that is not less than nor more but unique and imbued with a strong sense of place and deep-rooted connection.”
I maintain an intimate relationship with the environment living in an isolated forest. As a young child in the wilds surrounding the family farm in the Ottawa Valley, there was a constant sense of discovery and wonder. This deep sense of wonder persists in the artistic discoveries made in my forest studio.
My acute human senses developed and honed to perceive minute changes in the natural environment. Through concentrated listening and seeing, a dialogue occurs with the other. Moments of grace deepen this connection and nourish the art that develops from this life lived as a witness.
As I search for innovative ways to express our human interaction with the environment, I explore several mediums. Through paint, recycled metal, found materials and clay, the transformation and fluidity of life remains a constant theme. Mining beneath the surface, the liquid motion of life searches for structure and form. Repetition and pattern are ways for me to enter into this felt, meditative dialogue.
The underlying, invisible natural structure is sensed and expressed in visual form. As our modern human populations continue to concentrate in the large urban areas across the globe, this singular, rural life lived in a direct, sensitive dialogue with nature is richly significant. Through my research in paint, sculpture and installations I share this life of connection.