Crossroads - Janet Shaw-Russell
- Dates:November 16, 2018 - January 19, 2019 ( Recurring weekly on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday )
- Location:Mennonite Heritage Centre Gallery
- Times:Monday - Friday, 8:30 AM - 4:30 PM, Saturday, 12:00 PM - 5:00 PM
- Address: 600 Shaftesbury Blvd. Winnipeg, MB
- Phone: 204-888-6781
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- Region: Winnipeg
Crossroads has been a nine-year odyssey for Janet Shaw-Russell.
In 2009, tape measure in hand she delineated her childhood home, both inside and out, on graph paper. By building up and erasing layers of graphite pencil on sheer drafting vellum Shaw-Russell created ethereal floorplans to commemorate the passing of that home out of her family’s possession. “What began as measuring to remember a time when I held an untenable belief in permanence has become drawing to reveal the shape of change.”
In 2012, inspired by the careers of her parents - her mother, a home economist, and her father, a doctor - another subject and another translucent surface beckoned – human anatomy and the subtle tan tissue of domestic sewing patterns. Shaw-Russell drew the internal secrets of the human body on this delicate paper. In memoriam, Shaw-Russell created drawings, prints, wallpaper, and sculpture. In doing so, she highlighted the paradox of our fragility and our resilience.
In 2016, Brandon University’s Anthropology Department granted her permission to draw the bones of a female skeletal teaching individual from their anatomical teaching collection. The result is over thirty artworks included in this show. In tandem with this Shaw-Russell, then 60, deconstructed and reshaped the remnants of her profession as an interior designer to explore the emotional lives of seniors as our bodies age, our nests empty and our careers end.
In Crossroads these three bodies of work meet to tell the story of time’s passage.
Opening Nov 16, 7:30 PM
Image: Janet Shaw-Russell