Holly Wheatcroft’s kinetic sculptures feature wooden shapes covered in linen and oil, arranged vertically to spin around a central pole. As the shapes move and turn, the viewer is encouraged to become involved in new color combinations and perspectives.
What started out as snake tongues turned into fish tails in honour of Jonah, a character featured in Judaism, Christianity and Islam as a symbol of repentance and salvation. The fish swallows Jonah, and it is the fish which is highlighted in this piece as an allegory for modes of new self-awareness (axis mundi*, dreams, mediation) and the process of rebirth. –Holly Wheatcroft
Holly Wheatcroft website, here.
Canvas Gallery, here.
Meghan Fish Contemporary, here.
Holly Wheatcroft is a member of the Sculptors Society of Canada and Propeller Centre for the Visual Arts, with a studio practice in Toronto’s historic Distillery District. She holds an MA from the University of Toronto in Art History.
* The axis mundi is the center of the world, or the connection between Heaven and earth.