Date: 8. 9. 2022 - 19:00
We cordially invite you to the Vernissage of a collective art exhibition "THE FEMININE JOURNEY" by 5 international female artists:
Chantelle Goldthwaite, Yasmin Lambie-Simpson, Karen Lockert, Sheila Metcalf Tobin and Carol Walsh
Thursday 8th September at 19:00
Text by curator Hagai Segev:
An artist’s desire for creation is one that is hard to suppress due to the inner impulse for self-expression. However, another driving desire exists – to call out, reach out, and communicate with others. The Calling project by five international female artists is a call to create and reach out to others who have the mutual desire to share through art.
Art, being a silent language of the innermost feelings, is one of the best ways to express the ideas, emotions, and hopes a person has. As a silent and cross-cultural language, it is the best mode to communicate and join people and ideas. The Calling project in Prague is such an endeavor – to call out and reach out to unknown people and make new acquaintances through the works of art.
Through this two-year project, across continents, and Zoom meetings, each of the five artists was able to assemble and create her own project/series in her own workspace. The result is an exhibition by five individual artists who, by dialogue and mutual support at the time of the Covid pandemic, were able to communicate and find new ways of searching for their innermost ideas about contemporary life.
The sources of art and the understanding of the human condition fascinate the group, and each artist seeks to present her singular perspective and lifelong experience of her personal journey, based on nurturing, non-linear, and intuitive values. These are just some aspects of the dynamic in every woman’s life that find expression here.
The artists met for the first time in 2017 and 2018 through “The Becoming”, an art program by Canadian artist Jessica Serran based in Prague. The journey continued for each artist at her home-based studio in Australia, California, or Wales. Weekly and monthly conversations created the artistic community of discussions about the Feminine Journey and their artistic depictions of it. Chantelle Goldthwaite searches for the Medial and her connection between self and source in times of transformation. Carol Walsh attempts to uncover the veils, revealing facets of her life, and seeking to allow her light to be seen. Karen Lockert finds herself shedding and removing the skin of her past experiences and beliefs, hoping to soar out to the open world. Sheila Metcalf Tobin explores her emotional and physical Motherhood feelings and connections in herself and with her family. At the same time, Yasmin Lambie-Simpson flows with the element of water to understand the concept of travel to find a home.
This group named itself The Calling because they felt compelled to produce this work, which they entitled “The Feminine Journey.”
The resulting exhibition at Beseder Gallery in Prague is a unique experiment for the five artists. It is a special event that brings Prague a fascinating international project with artists across the globe. It is an opportunity to meet these artists face to face and talk about the basics of art and life, with less theory and more life experience. The Calling project is about connecting people, talking about what matters to each one, and giving space for bridging the gaps and the walls that have become too far and too high for people to dissolve easily. It is our wish to understand the fundamental values that lie beneath the veils and the skins and the dust of the current post-pandemic existence.