There are stories in Sheila Thompson’s fibre art. They are found between the layers of wools, silks and fibres that are her medium. They are held together by the action of wet felting that delivers tensile strength to her work.
Her art journey has not followed a traditional path but emerged unexpectedly relatively late in life after a career in science and technology, and a diversity of lived experiences. She would say these influencers are at the heart of what she does.
Her body of work, comprising abstracts and impressionistic landscapes, explores themes of harmony and conflict in community; inheritance and resilience; migration and movement; and transitions. Her red and black pieces, featuring knitting, and braiding, surface ideas about the importance of strength in unity. Her earthy, colourful, organic landscapes offer subtle commentaries via the embedded silk images of her own work, fragments of articles and slides of biogeography field studies in Africa, the Caribbean and Canada.
She has co-curated the award winning Canadian touring textile show “Edge of the Forest” and the online exhibition with felt::feutre Canada called “Transitions”. She takes part in several exhibitions a year in Ontario, and is an active member of artist run organizations.
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