Virtual artist talk with Martha Sturdy, co-presented with the West Vancouver Memorial Library
Join artist Martha Sturdy and curator Dr. Hilary Letwin online as they discuss the West Vancouver Art Museum’s current exhibition, All Fall Down. This artist talk is free and open to the public. Register here.
All Fall Down comprises a series of sculptures made by Martha Sturdy from wood salvaged from a stand of ancient trees in Pemberton, BC. These sculptures explore the themes of climate change, extreme weather, and the natural life cycle. Selected because of their long, undulating forms, which reveal grain and composition, this wood offers a sharp contrast to smoothly-milled lumber. Sturdy treats these pieces of wood with fire and then applies black stain and resin, heightening their inherent drama and imperfections. These works not only embody Sturdy’s concerns regarding climate change, but also demonstrate a deep respect for the natural world. For many, these new works will likely surprise: gone are the synthetic and polished finishes of her resin work, replaced with a jagged quality, jarring, yet still beautiful. These sculptures represent a culmination of Sturdy’s work, revealing an underlying tension around materiality that she has consistently sought to balance throughout her career.
Martha Sturdy received her BFA in sculpture from the Vancouver School of Art in 1978. Her accolades include an honorary doctorate from Emily Carr University of Art + Design and a Golden Jubilee Medal from the Governor General of Canada.