Saturday, October 23, 2021

Meeting by Chance....what a HOOT!

We met one of our featured NOCTURNE artists mid-summer morning completely by chance.Artist Roisin Cadieux happened to be visiting Halifax and stayed overnight at an Airbnb next door to the gallery owner, Adriana's home.Curious, Adriana peered over her petunias and saw the artist prepping ceramics for the kiln in the back of her car. 

(note- music plays an important part in these works, and actually influences many of our artists as they create. Click on the links below the owls to hear music from their inspirations!)

Roisin Cadieux, Merle Haggard, ceramic

Roisin Cadieux, Ornette Coleman, approx. 6" x 4" x 2", ceramic

Roisin Cadieux, Roy Buchanon, approx. 3.5" x 3.25" x 1.5", ceramic

Roisin Cadieux, Neil Young, ceramic

A conversation began and before you know it, we came to find out that Roisin is new to Nova Scotia and was interested in finding some spots to showcase her art. We perused through each other's Instagram images and vowed to keep in touch.

Months later, the gallery owner came across the business card left by Roisin and was reminded to get in touch and at the perfect time too- we were in need of at least one more artist to be part of our REPURPOSED PERSPECTIVES show. And as luck would have it, she had some OWLS to contribute-both of the ceramic and papier mâché, antique music sheet, mixed media variety- - just waiting to be shared! HORRAY!

Roisin Cadieux, Maria (Tribute to Maria Callas), 19" x 6" x 5", Papier Mâché, antique music sheet, mixed media

Roisin Cadieux, Lily (Tribute to Lily Allen), 19" x 6" x 5", Papier Mâché, antique music sheet, mixed media

We love that each of the pieces have such personality and are named in tribute to musicians. Make sure to drop by and meet these works of art, on display at the gallery until November 4th. We hope you enjoy the artful and musical journey!

Roisin Cadieux, Robbie (Tribute to Robbie Robertson), 19" x 6" x 5", Papier Mâché, antique music sheet, mixed media

Here's a statement from Roisin about her process!  So so interesting!

“My papier mâché works using antique sheet music seek to celebrate and repurpose the best and worst quality music from my great paper era collection of music which spans close to 300 years (1723-1945).  The greatest paper was made for music.  I have had a great love for it and have always yearned to use it in my work as an artist and artisan.

 My creative endeavours have focused on creating and celebrating language with a particular focus on universal languages. As a multi-lingual and multi-cultural person, music was (and still is) a most tangible link to culture for me. I grew up moving every two years and although we were posted far and wide, my parents, an Irish mother and a French Canadian military man with Métis heritage, made sure we were given strong links to our mixed heritage.

 A few years ago I stood at the threshold of moving from a production based life with my natural works - my twig letters - which focus on the universal healing language of nature and the nature of languages, to one of larger sculptural pieces. It would allow me to delve even deeper into the dialogue of healing through artistic practice and provide me with new challenges of materials explorations and subject matter.The love of music strong, and sharing of that collective love and wishes for healing and joy through art is my purpose.”