Imitate (after Nils Udo), 2011, tree root, earth, 91 x 61 cm
Michael Ambedian and Sheila McMath re-created well-known earthworks that invited viewers who knew the original works to consider the differences. These works were also be accessible to others who have no experience of the "original." The artists anticipated a conversation and interaction between people with knowledge of the "originals" and those experiencing the works for the first time. By resurrecting these well-known works Ambedian and McMath are exposing them to a new audience.
Michael Ambedian completed his BFA at the University of Windsor (1998) and his MFA at the University of Waterloo (2001). In 2003, he was the Artist in Residence for the City of Kitchener. Through his artistic practice, he explores discarded materials and touches on themes including labour, spirituality and the environment. Michael has exhibited his work throughout Southern Ontario and the United States.
Kitchener artist Sheila McMath is originally from Windsor, Ontario and is an alumna of the MFA program at University of Waterloo. She has exhibited her assemblage sculptures at various galleries across Ontario. An artwork from her series called Tissues and Trimmings was included in the Cambridge Galleries biannual Fibreworks exhibition and was purchased for the permanent collection. In 2009, she was recognized as one of The Record’s 40 under 40, as a community leader for her work as an arts educator and advocate.
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