Rilla Marshall | Relational Geographies

November 23 – December 22 2021

Receiver Coffee Co.
128 Richmond Street
Charlottetown, PE

this town is small and Receiver Coffee are pleased to present Relational Geographies, a solo exhibition by Rilla Marshall.

The handwoven textile art of Rilla Marshall charts changes to our vulnerable coastal landscapes. Maps, graphs, and topography are translated through warp and weft.  Relational Geographies is a collection of new handwoven works exploring the coast of Prince Edward Island. These works examine the ways land and ocean shape each other and the liminal space that exists because of this dynamic relationship. Using mapping techniques, satellite images, hand painted warp, and pattern weft, these weavings highlight areas of coastal transition and the transformative nature of the continuous transactions between land and sea.

This exhibition is made up of “micro series”, each series exploring the formal and metaphorical aspects of various categories of Prince Edward Island’s coastal features. These coastal features include categories such as sand spits, coves, and intertidal zones. The process of handweaving allows Marshall to investigate the formal elements of negative space, overlap, autonomy, accumulation, pattern and echos of movement. The interpretation of coastal geographies through the woven grid is an exploration of relationships and space, the influence of the sea upon the land, and the influence of one entity upon another.

Since graduating from NSCAD University with a BFA in Textiles in 2004, Rilla Marshall’s textile artwork has been exhibited in group and solo shows in PEI, NS, Alberta, Ontario, and Newfoundland and Labrador. She had received numerous grants for the creation and exhibition of artwork, as well as operated a successful production weaving business. In 2012, Marshall was the recipient of the W.B. Bruce European Fine Art Travel Scholarship and traveled to Sweden to research hand-weaving traditions. She works in her home studio in a century-old school house in Belfast, PEI / Epekwitk, Canada.

Venue Access:
Everyday: 8:00 AM – 3:00 PM

COVID 19 SAFETY PROTOCOLS: For the latest protocols on visiting the space, visitors should consult updates made available from Receiver Coffee Co. and Health and Wellness PEI.

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