Maps of Weather presents a recent body of mixed media artworks by Willa Downing. Works in the exhibition consist of creative depictions of weather on real or imagined maps. The rational, grid-like structures of the maps are contrasted with the much more organic shapes used to describe natural phenomena.
This visual relationship mirrors the human impulse to delineate and measure the world around us, and the unpredictability of weather. By extension, the layers of drawing and integrated materials Downing uses to create these works remind us of the impact that humans have upon our environment, and, conversely, the way that weather shapes our lives. Through the lenses of mapping, scientific phenomena and artistic imagination, Downing offers a reading of our place in the world that is at once reasoned and poetic.
About the Artist
Passionate about both art and science, Willa Downing has a PhD in biochemistry (UBC) and a diploma in painting (ECUAD). Her artwork, inspired by contemporary science and mathematics, has been exhibited in Metro Vancouver and Victoria. She lives and works in Surrey BC, where she is a founding board member of two community art organizations, Day of Drawing and Contemporary Art Matters.
Willa Downing will present an artist talk on February 17th at 10:30am as part of The Reach’s C3 Program. The artist will lead a tour of her exhibition Maps of Weather. Following the tour, visitors will have the opportunity to enjoy some refreshments, socialize and chat with the artist. Everyone is welcome, and registration is encouraged. You can register in person at The Reach - 32388 Veterans Way Abbotsford, BC V2T 0B3, by phone 604 864 8087 (dial zero for reception), or online at www.thereach.ca/events-programs.