Current Exhibition: December 2019 – January 2020
Danielle Folkerts, ART FOR THE OCEAN
As an active diver and visual artist, my current ongoing series ART FOR THE OCEAN, has developed into a passion driven research project. It an artistic initiative, aiming to learn more about the critical role coral reefs play in our world, understanding the threats they face, while documenting their stages of health, devastation, and recovery, and the organizations who are on the front-lines making a difference.
ART FOR THE OCEAN is a platform to create awareness and promote change and action through art. It also celebrates the beauty and diversity of the ocean. In the studio, my process for creating each coral is quite diligent. I use watercolours, acrylics and pastels as quick and expressive methods to document coral landscapes – both from personal memories and photographs. I love corals for being so unique and exotic, and unlike anything above the surface. I interpret my ideas through overlapping layers, lines and marks – capturing a truly abstract and surreal subject matter. Meanwhile, my textile installations accurately reflect the tactile and fragile nature of corals. I hand-sculpt and felt wool, and incorporate intricate weaving and latching techniques into my work. I love to slowly build up each structure, like a growing reef, as I integrate thoughtfully collected and locally sourced, hand-dyed natural fibres and wool. This series means so much to me, and I look forward to creating new works for years to come.
About the artist:
Danielle Folkerts is a contemporary visual artist and art educator living and working in Kingston, Ontario. Her formal education includes a Visual Arts Diploma from Red Deer College, and a Bachelor of Fine Arts, with Distinction, from the Alberta College of Art + Design, majoring in Painting. She has attended artist residencies and workshops across the globe and is known for her expressive paintings, ocean-inspired textiles, upbeat and comprehensive workshops, and vibrant large-scale murals for Lululemon and more. She’s the face behind The Travelling Artisan – a resource, business, and brand focusing on art, travel and education. Learn more at: www.daniellefolkerts.com.
“I find my creative inspiration on my outdoor adventures and travels. Kayaking through the lakes, hiking above the mountains, strolling along the beaches, biking across the prairies, and diving under the ocean, each environment offers an abundance of vibrancy, texture, and colour. I capture and document each experience and memory through photography, sketching, and plein air painting, and create expressive landscapes in various painting and fibre mediums. ”
View Danielle’s work at www.daniellefolkerts.com
Closing reception: 23 January 2020, 6:00-7:00pm
Upcoming Exhibition: February 2020
Chord & Canvas, Instrument Resurrection
About UNIT 115
UNIT 115 is a free, inclusive and flexible exhibition space in the Kingston Arts Council office. As an alternative exhibition venue in Kingston, UNIT 115 is intended to showcase and celebrate local artists and encourage connection between artists and the local community. Applications for this space are open to artists (professional, emerging, student, etc.), arts and culture organizations, and community organizations working in different sectors. UNIT 115 has approximately 25 ft. of wall space, including a four-pane window, and 124 ft. of floor space.