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"Atelier: Carolyn Samkova, Tree of Life"
2001-01-18 until 2001-03-04
Art Gallery of Hamilton
Hamilton, ON, CA Canada

The Art Gallery of Hamilton presents Atelier: Carolyn Samkova, Tree of Life on view until March 4th, 2001. Using historical costume as a source, Samkova's work offers another means of thinking about the body as a vessel of consciousness. Inspired by seventeenth and eighteenth century embroidery designs, Samkova's garments act as magical, mysterious bridges between individuals, history and nature. 

Carolyn Samkova can easily be considered one of Canada's most innovative young artists, says AGH Senior Curator Shirley Madill. With an acute understanding of history and its ramifications, Samkova consciously pushes painting beyond traditional boundaries commonly associated with the medium. This particular body of work reveals a provocative approach to a subject matter that is so much a part of our everyday lives - the dress. She is certainly an artist to watch and we are fortunate to have her as part of our community.

Born in Montreal in 1967, Samkova studied at the Dundas Valley School of Art and the University of Guelph. She now resides in Hamilton. The artist will speak about her work at the Gallery on February 15th at 7:00 pm.

The Atelier Series is a programme devoted to featuring contemporary art works by Canadian artists from Hamilton and area. Atelier encompasses the work of both emerging and established artists and is intended to showcase new directions in an artist's practice.

Recently awarded a Lieutenant Governor's Award for the Arts, the Art Gallery of Hamilton is the third largest public gallery in Ontario. It owns one of the finest art collections in Canada. Admission to the Gallery is free, courtesy of Orlick Industries Limited.


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