January and February 2022
Forest Royalty is a story of seeking the divine and connecting with those whose wisdom is seemingly too sweet for this world. “I trace star maps. I crown the Bear. The Owl calls my name. Insects remind me that the cycle of life always brings new birth and hope. In my heart, and in my life, I honour the beasts who give grace and mercy and expect nothing in return.” – Kathleen Shellrude
Like nature, these pieces are multi-layered. The forest, the ocean, as well as our modern world are layered with challenges and puzzles; not to be solved, but to be witnessed.
About the Artist
A mixed-media artist and experimental ceramicist, Kathleen Shellrude lives and creates on Treaty 1 Territory (Winnipeg). Her artistic career began after a lengthy hospitalization in 2015 which prompted her to use art as a means of processing issues related to a personal history marked by disability, mental illness, homelessness, and addiction.
Since completing a residency at Artbeat Studio (2017), Forest Royalty will be Shellrude’s 4th solo exhibition. She has also participated in many group shows and curated 3 exhibitions, including Life Support (2018) which honours her nephew who passed away from an overdose.
Her paintings feature dreamlike landscapes, magical creatures, and abstraction. She works in multimedia pottery by combining acrylics, resin, gold leaf, botanicals, bones, stones, prayers, and spellwork that connect her, and the viewer, to the divine.
One of the founders of Higgins Studios, she manages the accessible artist-run studio spaces made available to 20+ artists. She sits on the board of The Edge Urban Gallery and Art Centre, and is a member of various arts organizations in Winnipeg. Kathleen is looking forward to Constellations, a solo show focusing on her experiences of COVID 19 and community, at Prairie Fusion Art in Portage la Prairie in 2022/23.
Her artwork can be found online and in person at www.kshellrude.com, Tara Davis Boutique, Radiance Gifts, and UpBeat Artworks.