In the Loop Beyond the Hoop
Laura Kenney, Logan Milne, Lucie Quintal & Larry Weyand
October 8 – November 6, 2021 | Opening Reception Friday, October 15, 5 – 7 PM
“In the Loop/Beyond the Hoop” is a showcase of rugs and textile sculptures by talented fibre artists from Nova Scotia and New Brunswick! These works have a whimsical feel and portray a love and admiration for locations, brands and moments that influenced each artist.
Laura Kenney brings technically skillful rug work with messages of climate change and natural life. Logan Milne brings a piece that is a love letter to a farm that influenced her life as a person and artist. Lucie Quintal’s “Pillow Talk Series” expresses her experience as an Artist in Residence at Sunbury Shores; telling the story of the people she met and the connections she made during her time in St Andrews. Finally, Larry Weyand’s sculptural work is almost an homage to the ’90s era and brings forth a sense of nostalgia and humour.
Laura Kenney was born in Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan but her roots are in Nova Scotia where she has resided for the past 25 years. She has lived in many towns and cities across Canada as well as Germany and Japan and now lives in Truro, NS. Rug hooking has a long tradition of artistic production in Nova Scotia and Kenney’s work bridges the lines of fine craft, contemporary art and folk traditions. She uses humour and an alter-ego named Judy to comment on social issues. Kenney received juried status with the Nova Scotia Craft Council in 2010. “Morning Routine” and “Waiting for the Cat to Let her Out” were purchased by Nova Scotia Art Bank and a selection of Kenney’s work was included in “Terroir”, a survey of art in Nova Scotia at the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia.
Logan Milne is a fibre artist based in Fredericton New Brunswick. She completed her BFA at Mount Allison University in 2018 with a focus on painting and sculpture. After graduation, her love of working with colour and wool blossomed into a deep passion for dyeing yarn and is an important part of her practice. Milne now has her own business, Woolly Milne Hand Dyed Yarn. With it she tells stories about the Maritimes, creating colour-ways that draw inspiration from the local landscape.
Lucie Quintal is a fibre and textile artist hand hooking her own designs. Her colourful art pieces are created using strips of yarn, wool, silk, cut-up discarded clothing or sofa covers and any other textiles with a story of their own. The strips are then hooked into a linen or burlap backing. Quintal’s works have been exhibited at UNB’s Art Centre, ALMAG and Gallery 78. Lucie is a recent graduate of the ArtsLink NB Catapult Program. She has also received a grant from ArtsNB and is the recipient of a mentorship program from AAAPNB. Lucie Quintal has her art studio in Point La Nim, NB where she lives.
Larry Weyand is a rug hooker whose work defies the established properties of traditional floor decor, domesticity, and gender. Fueled by the complex history of processed foods, emotional trauma, autoethnography, queerness, and domestic spaces, Larry investigates how hard-to-swallow narratives can occupy space within the soft, fluffy discomfort of textile-based craft. Larry’s textile work has been presented across Canada, most recently at The Rooms Provincial Art Gallery (St. John’s, NL, 2019-2020), Neutral Ground Artist Run Center (Saskatoon, SK, 2020-2021), the Art Gallery of Burlington (Burlington, ON, 2021), and Struts & Faucet Artist Run Center (Sackville, NB, 2019). Larry has recently been the recipient of a Canada Council for the Arts Grant as well as the City of St. John’s Artist Grant to develop a pivotal body of work to unpack their experience as a gender-neutral person. Having completed their MFA at Concordia University in Fibres & Material Practices, Larry is now a Visiting Assistant Professor in Textile Arts at Memorial University’s Grenfell campus in Newfoundland & Labrador.