Holly Wheatcroft: Axis Mundi

Chevron 1, 2011 and Chevron 2, 2011 wood, linen, leather, oil, steel 74 x 13 x 9″ (each)

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.

Abacus, 2010 wood, linen, oil 17 x 18 x 4″

-Atonement,2010 wood, linen, oil, steel 25.5 x 7 x 4″

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

Of Celebration, 2010 steel, wood, linen, oil 16′ tall x 7′ wide x 2′ deep

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.

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