In Here and Through and Back and Through, artists Christie Lim and Shamina Senaratne presented a collection of their respective work in fibre. While each artist’s voice and body of work is distinct, Senaratne and Lim both work with layers of meaning and material. The transparency and translucency of the fabric they use reveals how each work has been made and how looking and seeing through words and images changes meanings. For Lim and Senaratne, working in textiles is a conscious act to work slowly and deliberately by hand; the process of making is an act of meditation. Each artist draws inspiration from the long and short moments of experience that provide opportunity for artistic contemplation. And, through a unique installation, each artist’s work was seen through the work of the other.

Christie Lim is an artist and educator based in Vancouver and the beautiful West Kootenays. Lim received a BFA from Emily Carr University of Art + Design, Vancouver, and furthered her studies at Capilano University, North Vancouver, through the Advanced Textile Program. She then went on to study Ssrface design through T’exatelier in Agen, France. Her work has been exhibited throughout British Columbia.

Shamina Senaratne is an interdisciplinary artist working in fibre, mixed media and text. Senaratne has studied a range of textile and mixed media arts and also holds a BA in Communications and Public History from Simon Fraser University, Vancouver. Her work has been exhibited throughout British Columbia, across Canada and in the US.

All images: Installation view of Christie Lim and Shamina Senaratne: Here and Through and Back and Through, exhibition at the Art Gallery at Evergreen, 2015. Photography: Blaine Campbell.