From January 22 to April 9, 2023
Born in northern Dakota, Professor Emeritus Kathryn Lipke taught art at Concordia University. The countries she has lived in – from the United States to Finland, via Japan – has had a strong influence on the way she expresses her art. Each place has given her a unique insight into different ecological issues and that has broadened her approach to her work.
Influenced by the wide-open expanses of the Prairies and the theories espoused by the minimalist artists of the 1960s and 1970s, Lipke creates works that question our relationship to the environment. The Waterways exhibition highlights landscapes in which water predominates. By combining natural materials and craft techniques with new media, Lipke reveals the fragility of riparian ecosystems that has come about because of water being exploited by human beings for monetary reasons.