EXHIBIT ARTISTS |
EXHIBIT DATE | AUGUST 31, 2023 - OCTOBER 1, 2023
ARTIST RECEPTION TO FOLLOW
Saturday, September 2nd, 2023
Welcome to our exhibit featuring the impressive works of Kim Obbink and Annie Burke. In this exhibition, we delve into the intricate beauty of the natural world, specifically exploring the botanical and marine life native to Lummi Island, as well as the surrounding waters of the Pacific Northwest.
Kim Obbink’s artistic practice takes inspiration from the delicate and exquisite details found in the diverse lifeforms inhabiting these ecosystems. As an attentive observer and passionate collector, Kim captures these life forms in various stages of their existence. Through colored pencil on Watercolor paper, Kim skillfully reproduces the accurate and magnified portrayal of these organisms. By immersing herself in their intricacies, Kim highlights their ever-changing nature and their crucial role in an interdependent ecology sculpted by Mother Nature.
Annie Burke, on the other hand, presents her artistic expression through the medium of ceramics. Living on a small island in the Salish Sea, Annie’s sculptures possess a delicate and poetic quality. These intricate sculptures appear suspended in time, inviting viewers to closely examine the bends, twists, and textures that Annie so meticulously crafts. Her works provide a glimpse into Annie’s unique perspective of the natural world, inviting us to connect with her childhood memories of spending magical afternoons in gardens and floating on logs in the tide. Clay, with its sensual mineral smells and textures, serves as a medium that anchors Annie to her earliest encounters with the environment. Through her art practice, Annie discovers resilience and an enduring curiosity for life.
In this exhibition, we bring together Kim Obbink’s detailed, classical representations of native life forms and Annie Burke’s sculptures that transport us into a world frozen in time. These artists offer a captivating exploration of the beauty and fragility of the natural world, reminding us of our responsibility as humans to preserve the environments that sustain these remarkable organisms.
Each piece in this exhibit, whether it is Kim’s meticulous pencil drawings or Annie’s hand-sculpted ceramics, conveys a unique and profound connection to the natural world. We invite you to explore this collection and immerse yourself in the exquisite details and profound insights that both Kim and Annie skillfully bring to life.
Join us on this journey as we celebrate the marvels of the Salish Sea, and the San Juan Island’s botanical life through the artists’ eyes. Let their works inspire us to cherish and protect the delicate ecosystems that we depend on for our own survival.
Thank you for joining us in this exploration of nature’s wonders.
– Camille Ireland