Exhibition: March 24 – May 12, 2018
Reception: Friday, March 23, 7 – 9 pm
Artist Talk: Thursday, April 19, 7 pm

The Saskatchewan Craft Council is pleased to present Parapha new exhibition by multi-disciplinary artist Monique Martin.

The disappearance of certain modes of communication — handwriting and the mailed letter — is the inspiration for this new series of work by Martin. Using clay, printmaking, painting, and installation, Martin sets out to explore the tactile nature of handwriting and the sending of letters as a tool for human connection.

Monique Martin describes what draws her to handwritten letters as opposed to digital forms of communication: “The touching through handwriting, pen, and paper across a distance. The effort to write, enclose a letter, and mail it makes it a cherished object, a special gift, to be held with a type of reverence.”

This exhibition will also feature collaborative works with artist Frank Vescio. Martin and Vescio used the postal service to send works between their studios in Saskatoon and Paris, France. The artworks are marked with the repetitive folding, stamps, and other marks of the nature of travel.

Visitors are invited to send a letter to a loved one at a special letter writing station in the SCC Gallery.

Join us at a public Opening Reception at SCC Gallery on Friday, March 23 at 7 pm. All are welcome!

Attend a public artist talk with Monique Martin and Frank Vescio on Thursday, April 19 at 7 pm. This Artist Talk will also feature musical entertainment. Mary & the Wiser is a Saskatoon-based band made up of Carla Carignan, Tom Chunick, and Glenn Ens. Mary & the Wiser is currently in the process of writing and recording an album of original music, in collaboration with a number of local artists, including Sheldon Corbett and Monique Martin. Their music incorporates elements of pop, rock, country and blues.

Monique Martin worked with Carla to write some songs related to the topic of the exhibition. This song “Your Heart to Mine” was inspired by the painting “Collective Memories” and is performed by Mary & the Wiser.

In celebration of National Letter Writing Month (April), our friends at Soul Paper are collaborating with Monique Martin and will be adding linocut art to all your letters left in their shop or in our gallery. Each letter will receive this special treatment as part of Paraph. Write a letter, add postage, and drop that letter off in the huge red postbox in Soul Paper or SCC Gallery. Or you can come into the gallery and write a letter at Monique’s writing desk. Then the Soul Paper team and Monique Martin will add personalized artwork to the envelopes and mail them for you!

Read the Paraph Artist Statement and Curitorial Statement