Detail from "Three Legged Race" (Jordan Miller)
We began with this as a general theme to showcase a variety of works and styles without limiting it to one theme. As time passed the sweetness became sweeter and so did the innocence.
—Jordan Miller, artist
When she's not mentoring other artists, Jordan Miller
is busy creating her own artwork. The director and co-owner of cre8ery
gallery, Miller oversees a steady stream of artists as they exhibit
their work on the walls of this busy gallery in Winnipeg's Exchange
She's also launching a joint exhibition at cre8ery, Sweet & Innocent features work by Jordan Miller and her artistic partner Dave Swiecicki. SCENE asked Miller to give us a preview:
The original thought behind this exhibition was to create both seemingly sweet and innocent works with a hint of "darkness". We began with this as a general theme to showcase a variety of works and styles without limiting it to one theme. As time passed the sweetness became sweeter and so did the innocence.
Our friends and family joke, "now who is the sweet and who is the innocent?" And our response is, "our show is a sweet innocence that needs exploring." This quote was also used for Dave's video on the creation of our exhibition.
After browsing childhood photo albums, memories flooded through as an honest reflection of how I grew up in a small community.
Each summer we visited my grandparents' farm in Clarkleigh, Manitoba. My most fond memory was playing Inspector Gadget with my cousins Jeremy, Jill, Lyle and sister Delaney.
We built cars out of cardboard boxes and role-played the different characters. We played in grandpa Morley's bales, made forts, sang silly songs like "there's a hole in the bottom of the sea" and played school with my grandmother Audrey.
The farm has always been an important place of peace, restfulness and family. Perfect for a show of sweetness and innocence.