Exhibit at Côte Saint-Luc library explores themes of recollection, narratives and dreams

Côte Saint-Luc, January 28, 2010 – Artworks by Amy A. Thompson and Amber Albrecht are on display at the Eleanor London Côte Saint-Luc Public Library from January 21 to February 28.

This exhibition, Invented Memories: Works by Amber Albrecht and Amy A. Thompson, explores themes of recollection, narratives and dreams. Amber Albrecht has created prints and drawings of absurdist situations, which stem from her recollection of the creatures, landscapes and impossible happenings of the storybooks from her childhood.

“These stories created for me a very idiosyncratic conception of a past that-never-was, and much of my work is directed toward bringing this past into being,” Albrecht said.

In Amy A. Thompson’s mixed media series Glint, she depicts an imagined land. These dreamlike landscapes lead the viewer to reflect on the contrast between the intimacy of the self and the grand expanse of the cosmos.

“The further we look up and away, the more we must look inward,” Thompson said.

Both artists have also been influenced by myths and folklore. Albrecht’s prints and drawings are inspired by the folklore of many cultures, as well as literature, natural history, topography and the environment. Thompson draws on Norse myths and Greek mythology. In Norse myths, everything that is beautiful glints or sparkles: a moth’s wing, light reflected on hair and stars burning in the sky. The surrounding darkness and shadow evoke the contrast of good, evil, innocence and treachery.

Amber Albrecht grew up in White Rock, B.C. Following some world travel she settled in Montreal, where she studied Studio Art at Concordia University. She completed her BFA in 2005. She currently lives in Montreal where she works as an artist and illustrator. Amber Albrecht is represented by Galerie Division. Her artwork can be viewed at www.amberalbrecht.com.

Amy Thompson is an Ottawa-based mixed media artist. She studied Fine Arts at York University and graduated from the Ontario College of Art and Design with honours in 1995. Her work has been exhibited internationally and has been featured in magazines and on album covers. Amy is represented in Ottawa by Dale Smith Gallery. Her artwork can also be viewed at www.amyalice.com. Amy Thompson wishes to gratefully acknowledge the financial support of the City of Ottawa.

The Eleanor London Côte Saint-Luc Public Library is located at 5851 Cavendish Blvd. and is open from 10am to 10pm every day. For more information, call the library at 514-485-6900 or visit www.elcslpl.org.

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For more information, contact: Clara Halpern, 514-485-6900 ext. 4205 or chalpern@cotesaintluc.org.

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