Cape Breton Center for Craft Design Launches COVID-19 Inspired Art Exhibit – The Growth and Transitions

SYDNEY, NS – The Cape Breton Craft and Design Center has launched a new art exhibit featuring works reflecting the COVID-19 pandemic.

The exhibition Growth and Transitions: A Pandemic Perspective features the works of Teena Marie Fancey, Susan Paddon, Victoria Piersig and Juliana Scherzer and is now on display in the center loft.

“The actual unveiling of this exhibit has had to pander to the vagaries of the pandemic and its restrictions, just like all of us,” Fancey said. “The artwork was created for this project over a 12 month period by individual artists working in isolation during the first and second waves of a global pandemic. Looking at the artwork created for this exhibition reminds me of everything how far we’ve come and how long it seems we’ve been staying put.”

Susan Paddon's Ramble is one of the artworks featured at the Cape Breton Center for Craft and Design as part of the art exhibit Growth and Transitions: A Pandemic Perspective.  - Contributed
Susan Paddon’s Ramble is one of the artworks featured at the Cape Breton Center for Craft and Design as part of the art exhibit Growth and Transitions: A Pandemic Perspective. – Contributed

The exhibition is the result of the Cape Breton-Unamaʼki Creative Sector Legacy Project launched in the spring of 2020 to employ multidisciplinary artists to create works documenting the COVID-19 pandemic.

The center said the aim of the program was also to encourage continued community engagement with arts and culture during the pandemic.

Juliana Schzerer's hand doll is one of the artworks featured at the Cape Breton Center for Craft and Design as part of the art exhibit Growth and Transitions: A Pandemic Perspective.  - Contributed
Juliana Schzerer’s hand doll is one of the artworks featured at the Cape Breton Center for Craft and Design as part of the art exhibit Growth and Transitions: A Pandemic Perspective. – Contributed

“Being a professional artist often means living in insecurity, and I and my fellow artists in this exhibition are no exception,” said fine art photographer Victoria Piersig. “This exhibition has been postponed twice. While hanging the work, I marveled at how my perception of our work changed seeing it finally come together in one place. An absolute pleasure. The digital world has been a good stopgap, but as the pandemic has taught us all, it does not replace reality.

The exhibition will be on view until March 19.

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