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Memento mori

Common Thread

Major Exhibition

Rochelle Rubinstein, Wendy O'Brien, Megan Bostic, Camilla Geary-Martin, Nicole Collins, Lilly Otasevic, Susan Lukachko, Wendy O'Brien.


The Gallery at Sheridan Institute

Oakville, Ontario, Canada


Nov. 2 – 18, 2012
Opening Reception: Friday Nov. 2, 2012, 7 - 9 pm.

Address: The Gallery at Sheridan Institute, 1430 Trafalgar Rd, Oakville, (Corner of Trafalgar Rd and Sheridan College Rd.)
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Exhibition Description

The Memento mori exhibition at the Gallery at Sheridan Institute deals with themes of death, mortality and grief, and the quest for immortality.

The show developed out of a call for submissions called "Fibre Inspired". The call was based on a trend Festival Curator Gareth Bate had observed in contemporary art towards creating work using the techniques and aesthetic of fibre, but using non-fibre materials. He was struck by how radically different these submissions were. They were dark both physically and thematically.

The central question became why are these artists choosing to use fibre construction techniques but replacing the fragility, impermanence and tactility of fibre materials with hard, 'permanent', and difficult to manipulate materials such as stone, bronze, metal, wood, bark, ceramic, plastic, wire, solid paint and wax?

The thematic darkness of the majority of submissions was also fascinating. The exhibition creates an underworld environment. Mummification is a central theme. This process attempts to preserve and make immortal the ephemeral body.

The exhibition is set up in opposition to the exhibition De rerum natura (On the Nature of Things) at Joshua Creek Heritage Art Centre. That exhibition is filled with life, colour and energy. It focuses on plants, animals and nature.

Download the 2012 Festival Exhibition Brochure.






Common Thread International Exhibitions

The Common Thread International exhibitions are the flagship shows of the World of Threads Festival. Hundreds of artists from around the world submitted bodies of work, installations or individual pieces to the Festival. Multiple curators from various Oakville and Toronto galleries have created exciting exhibitions based on their own unique interests. We bring international contemporary fibre art to Oakville and the Toronto area as well as highlight the strength of our local artists.



The Gallery at Sheridan Institute in Oakville has been part of the festival since 1994. This beautiful industrial style gallery will be home to a Common Thread International exhibition in 2012. In 2009 it hosted the Threads That Bind exhibition Sheridan has a vibrant fibre arts program.

Special Thanks to Gallery Liaison Lynne Murray and installer Jamie Owen.

Images from the 2009 Festival: The Gallery at Sheridan Institute, Oakville