ANNIE DUNNING SAPSUCKER SOUNDS
November 19 – December 18, 2015
Opening Night: Thursday, November 19th
Artist talk at 7:30PM in the KIAC Ballroom | Reception to follow
In the exhibition Sapsucker Sounds, sculptures are based on a found log, filled with holes made by a Yellow Bellied Sapsucker. This is a common type of woodpecker that lives throughout most of Canada. The sculptures are attempts to interpret the mark making left behind by the bird as though it was a recording. Sometimes woodpeckers hammer to find food; other times it is a form of communication. They will also hammer on metal objects we leave in the environment such as road signs, perhaps because they advantageously amplify their drumming. It is clear that we influence the animals we live in proximity with, how in turn are we affected? This installation of sound sculptures offers an opportunity to experience sound generated by a conflation of human and woodpecker activities.
Annie Dunning maintains a multidisciplinary practice based in sculpture and installation. Her work also includes mail art, collaboration, book works, video and sound work. She holds a BFA from Mount Allison University, NB and an MFA from the University of Guelph, ON. With support from the Canada Council for the Arts and the Ontario Arts Council she has produced and shown work across Canada and abroad. She lives and works in Guelph ON.
Exhibition Text by Jeffrey Langille
The artist would like to acknowledge support from the Ontario Arts Council.