Laura Kenney


Artwork by Laura Kenney in In the Loop/Beyond the Hoop Exhibition

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Artist Statement:

I have always been a worrier.

My Dad was a pilot in the Canadian Air Force and flew a fighter nicknamed the widow maker. That’s enough to freak a kid out.

I grew up with the energy crisis, acid rain, hole in ozone…always some catastrophe happening.

And now…climate change is on my mind.

When I am faced with something big and scary, Judy… the lady with the red hair and black dress pops in to save the day. She will be a flower for the bees, give the Earth an ice cream cone to cool it off. And she will have to stick her head in the sand sometimes to take a break from the chaos around her.

Artist Biography: 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.