Exhibiting: January 5 - 27, 2019
Opening Reception: Friday, January 4 at 6pm
Artist Talk: Sunday, January 13th at 2pm
"Invention is the shaping spirit that re-forms fragments into new wholes"
- Jeanette Winterson from Art Objects - Imagination and Reality
Combined funding from Arts Nova Scotia in 2017 with a creation-production and a presentation grant specifically to install this project in the emergency communications hub at QE 2, enabled Arianne to claim, renovate and restyle the common function of medical materials, repurposing gloves and isolation gowns, tourniquets and sutures and in this arrangement for Hermes, complimented by pencil portraits of department personnel reproduced and toner transferred to hospital bed sheets. Pollet-Brannen gently, mindfully, elevates these new wholes into measures of time ordered into quiet containment fields arranged with caring attention, offering balanced, contemplative verses.
So there was every reason why these works should be temporarily removed from emergency medicine for presentation at Hermes, as a welcome compliment to her established profile, deciding together that this work would engage a wider appreciation of her most recent achievement. The pertinent stories carried into the gallery suggest Arianne has intentionally arranged reflective, counter balances in framed partitions, setting a sympathetic order to her working encounters.
- Dan O'Neill, curator
"Art does indeed matter, and will have its effect, especially for those working within the confines of an emergency department where tragedy, immediacy and urgency are part of the full operation of everyday life."
- Arianne Pollet-Brannen