HOLY COW: THE JOURNEY Sept 13th - Dec 4th Yogapod Exhibit/orium 101 - 260 West Esplanade St. North Vancouver, BC Holy Cow! What can happen when you mix devoted yoga practice, a pilgrimage to Mysore India and a love of hands on artistic process?
A solo exhibition of printmaking & mixed media work on cloth; photography, silkscreening, blockprinting, hand and machine embroidery, applique and reverse applique.
In the fall of 2008 Colette travelled to Southern India to study yoga at the Shri K. Pattabhi Jois Ashtanga Yoga Institute in Mysore, Karnataka, India. Halfway through this three month intensive practice, she unfailingly found herself weeping as she lay on her mat in Savasana – the corpse pose and final resting posture.
In the physical practice of Ashtanga yoga the body learns a series of postures that are repeated in sequence every time you come to the mat. Through this repetition the body remembers the practice and allows the mind to rest and empty into a moving meditation. At rest Colette’s body was impelling her to acknowledge its embedded sadness.
Colette’s work honours this experience on her mat in India and chronicles her ensuing journey. It is an abstraction of personal narrative and an ongoing investigation into moments lived, personal losses, rich discoveries and transitioning identity. It is a visual record of memories and emotions unearthed and explored through the physicality and repetition of artistic process. Emotions otherwise intangible are revealed and contained within layers of print and stitch. Camera captured intimacies are commemorated on cloth.