Debbie Richards, Quilt Artist
Diane Stewart, Textile Painting Artist
Debbie Richards and Diane Stewart, twin sisters, grew up sharing a special bond and a sense of shared identity. They moved away from each other many years ago to follow their own dreams and careers. Each pursued her own path in the arts, finding different ways to express her view of the world and evoke the delicate beauty of her surroundings. As they created their own lives, one in Saskatchewan and the other in Northern Ontario, the evolution of each artist's technique mirrored the gradual movement towards a separate identity. With a series of images illustrating twin visions of the landscape that separates them, DOUBLEVISION represents a reuniting of their shared bond, while exploring the unique voice carved out by each artist.
Each set of pieces in this exhibition is an echo across the vastness of the Canadian landscape, an elaborate pair of scenes that depict the beauty of the world that surrounds them. Working in parallel, yet separated by a distance of more than 2,000 kilometres, the artists created the pieces, adding layers of fabric and using their own perspectives on life to shape the images. The result is images that, while parallel in subject and intricacy and linked through base fabrics, are at the same time unique, highlighting the individuality of the artists' perspective of the world.
The works are created with layers of intricate fabric detail, steeped in reminiscence and rediscovery. They offer a poignant vision of the two separate paths the artists have etched out in their lives and the renewed connection as the two artists rekindle their bond through this project.