Libby Weir, "Kipichewin," 2001, watercolour on paper, 91 cm x 152 cm.
By Jennifer MacLeod
For watercolourist Libby Weir, art, nature and life are interconnected forces. Using visual references such as the intersection of horizontal and vertical lines, Weir explores the interaction between people and nature, and the spiritual dimension of that relationship. These cross-like forms, she suggests, also represent her personal relationship to the land, and her attempts to situate herself within it. Originally from Alberta, Weir currently lives near Onanole, Manitoba. She has had solo exhibitions at the Winnipeg Art Gallery, the Art Gallery of Southwestern Manitoba and the Gallery of Algoma in Sault Ste. Marie, and her work is included in several private and public collections including the Government of Manitoba Art Collection, The Mendel Art Gallery in Saskatoon and the collection of the University of Alberta. Weir's work will be on view at the Upstairs Gallery in Winnipeg as part of a group show of Manitoba artists running March 15 to April 5, 2003.