Laura Kenney was born in Moose Jaw, Kenney began rug hooking when she moved to Truro, NS in 1998. She took classes with the Rug Hooking Guild of Nova in Truro which gave her a good basis in rug hooking. Her work has been represented by the Nova Scotia Folk Art Festival since 2009.
Before Everett, there was Emery, 14 x 20". "Maud would have later sketched a picture of herself and Emery in embrace, hints that she wished for his return. A kiss is a kind of hope." Lance Woolaver, The Heart on the Door.
Whose Maud? Exhibited June 12th - July 28th, 2018 There were many social, physical, and emotional factors that influenced and shaped Maud’s life; an often-unknown fact about Maud was her relation to the Marshalltown Poor Farm, or Alms House. Set back from the highway from Maud’s own home in Marshalltown sat the imposing Alms house. Kenney and Rhude believe that before we can truly comprehend the work of Maud Lewis, we must first understand the relationship between both her life and the space in which she lived and found inspiration, and its influence on rural Nova Scotia's marginalization and socialization of the poor.
“To think that this chapter is merely a footnote in Nova Scotia’s history is to overlook the contemporary social issues ranging from the modern welfare state, to that of captivity, in all its various social guises. The Poor Farm is a modern tale whereby our collective concerns about being, knowing, substance, cause, identity, time, and space, have been housed, but not necessarily cared for or nurtured. It is a metaphysical prison that haunts us today.” – Laura Kenney and Steven Rhude
Opening of Whose Maud? was great..thanks so much to Laurie Dalton, curator and Steven Rhude, painter extraordinaire and to all who came out, really appreciate it! The show at Acadia University Art Gallery runs till July 28th, gallery hours are 12-4pm, Tuesday-Sunday.
WHOSE MAUD? | Laura Kenney & Steven Rhude Exhibit Opening Tuesday, June 12, 7pm at the Acadia University Art Gallery, in Wolfville, NS The artists will be in attendance. Light refreshments served. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ The exhibition, Whose Maud?, presents the work of rug-hooker Laura Kenney & painter Steven Rhude. The exhibition takes as its central question: Whose Maud? in that there are many interpretations of Maud as artist, as individual, as folk art icon. The artist & her work have come to symbolize a bucolic rural landscape, but this stands in stark contrast to the harsh realities of her life. The artists, Kenney and Rhude, by researching, repositioning, & reconsidering, through their own art practice, beg the audience to question, Whose Maud? Curator: Dr. Laurie Dalton The exhibit will continue until July 28 at AUAG, in the Beveridge Art Centre (BAC bldg), 10 Highland Avenue, Wolfville, NS Gallery Hours: Tuesdays–Wednesdays & Sundays: 12–4pm. Closed Mondays. Groups may book free tours outside these times with advance notice.
Image: You're Richer Than You Think (detail), painting by Steven Rhude