The feature show for June 2010 at the Start With Art Nanaimo Artspace, Studio 366, 366 Selby Street, Nanaimo, is titled Of Bodies and Birds. A meet and greet at the studio with artist Julie Dives will be from 1 to 4 pm on Saturday, June 12, 2010.
Julie Dives recently finished her third year in the Visual Arts program at Vancouver Island University, She plans to transfer to the Emily Carr University of Art and Design in Vancouver in the fall to complete her degree with a focus in printmaking. Always having an interest in animals, Dives received an Animal Care Aide Certificate before deciding to travel and attend the arts. Inspiration from anatomy and human biology has commonly found its way into her artwork, and with Of Bodies and Birds it comes together with birds.
Of Bodies and Birds came about from her interest in vintage text book imagery of birds and anatomy. The fragile appearance of birds creates an interesting juxtapose with the structural security that bones provide for the body. Intermingling them creates a haunting look at nature that she has referenced through the use of wood. Julie hopes you enjoy the show.