The research and creation budget of my residency allows me to hire interns and since early this spring, students from l’Université de Moncton and Mount Allison University have been working with me to make sections of fishnets using paper threads spun from the following dictionaries: English, French and English to Mi’kmaq. So far with their help, I have several sections of the English and French dictionaries tied together making a net that is approximately 15 feet long by 4 feet high. I hope to be able to double this in size next term, adding the sections made this past fall […]
I have been re-reading The Waves, by Virginia Woolf as well as other texts, all in researching and preparing for my return to New Brunswick and the second phase of my residency at the Université de Moncton and now to Mount Allison in Sackville. One of the reasons for choosing The Waves is Woolf’s multiple references to spinning and threads connecting words and ideas. “How strange to feel the line that is spun from us lengthening its fine filament across the misty spaces of the intervening world. He is gone; I stand here, holding his poem. Between us is this […]
Paper as material and metaphor has been a focus in my work for many years. I am specifically interested in exploring the connections between paper and words, text and textiles. I am currently working on a series of paper weavings/drawings/sculptures using the pages from three books: À la Recherche du temps perdu by Marcel Proust, Ulysses by James Joyce and The Waves by Virginia Woolf. I now see that this is an undertaking of several years and not just one year as I had originally planned. I imagine this work as a way of physically deconstructing and re-presenting the narrative […]
That tiny shuffling of letters in words to makes, sword always fascinated me. I like many have been completely heartbroken by the attack and subsequent murder of six men at prayer in a Ste-Foy mosque one week ago today. If only we could wind back the clock to undo this tragedy. The concluding discussion has definitely been around words and their impact. Now we talk, we write, we demonstrate and we worry this terrible knot however we can in an attempt to unravel its hold on us all. Who are we? We are forced to ask ourselves. Tone down the […]
Mon oeuvre, La marée monte fait partie de la Biennale du lin de Portneuf, SANS DOMiCILE FIXE du 18 juin au 1er octobre, 2023 au Vieux Presbytère, Deschambault, QC. Un entretien avec Maria Rosario Roseo de la revue en ligne d’art et de textiles, Artemorbida est maintenant disponible : https://www.artemorbida.com/karen-trask/?lang=en L’article est en conjunction avec la Biennale intérnationale du lin de Portneuf. La Fabrique culturelle présente La tisserande et le parachutiste, une vidéo tournée par Anna Lupien et Geneviève Philippon de Paul Litherland, mon conjoint, moi et notre aventure qui est Produit Rien. .https://www.lafabriqueculturelle.tv/capsules/13628/paul-litherland-et-karen-trask-la-tisserande-et-le-parachutiste-dans-les-ateliers Ma performance, Ne […]
Three works from the past are haunting me. I want to bring them out of their crates; engage with them body to body. Dancing Rolling Burning
Under Press Home -Collecting my Thoughts, I look at things I find interesting and works in progress.
Photo: Paul Litherland My partner Paul inherited this piano in 2009 from his mother. A Steinway, built in Hamburg, Germany in 1937, it was purchased by her mother in Belfast, Ireland and sent to her sometime in the sixties to Vancouver where they lived. Paul’s grandmother was a well-known and respected piano teacher in Belfast. As a child, I had a strong love-hate relationship to the piano. I took music lessons for many years and despite the fact that I rarely practiced, I managed to learn the basics. My mother played the piano and sang. She probably taught me […]