Past Exhibitions

Vernal Bogren Swift:
After Shocks

November 16 - January 21, 2014

Vernal Bogren Swift is a batik-maker. Her choice of art form, her fascination with pattern, and her receptivity to the myths of many cultures originated in Africa. She explores the relationship of geology and perception and incorporates iron-rust from the earth to strengthen this message. Living and working part of the year in Bovey, Minnesota, and part time in Haida Gwaii, an island off the coast of northwest Canada, Ms Bogren Swift has been deeply influenced by the way people see things depending on where they live. For example, on the Island, one thinks “earthquake!” each time there is a ground shudder. In northern Minnesota, ground quake means active mining/blasting and the mind thinks of the activity as akin to “thunder.” Evidence is that our thoughts are created from the place where we have landed. Continue reading...