Erin Hunt


August 20 – September 25 2022

J.K. Contemporary presents Goldthread, a solo exhibition by Erin Hunt. The selection of work in this one-person exhibition was created over the last two years.

Hunt’s interest in traditional plant medicine led her to explore plants, flowers and minerals found on Fogo Island, where she currently lives. Not particularly interested in the plants’ visual appearance, she was drawn to their subtle underlying intelligence, and their relationship to human sense perception.

In the Middle Ages healers followed what was known as the Doctrine of Signatures in order to understand the medicinal properties of plants. Still studied today, it was based on the idea that the healing wisdom of a plant – formed over thousands of years in relationship to its environment – is contained in its form and can be read through the poetics of metaphor and image perception. Hunt found a resonance between this ancient practice and her own painting process.

Stories and images associated with plants and their healing properties led to the development of a new visual language explored in the paintings in this exhibition. Hunt’s visual references include historical narratives, children’s books, medieval paintings, and everyday things found in her studio. Emerging out of the call-and-response relationship between imagination and the material world, images come to stillness by finding their form.

The artist gratefully acknowledges the generous support from the Canada Council for the Arts.

I come home from the soaring
in which I lost myself.
I was song, and the refrain which is God
is still roaring in my ears.

Now I am still
and plain:
no more words.

To the others I was like a wind:
I made them shake.
I’d gone very far, as far as the angels,
and high, where light thins into nothing.

But deep in the darkness is God . . .

Rainer Maria Rilke
The Book of Hours

Erin Hunt: Goldthread

Erin Hunt: Goldthread

Left : Mother’s Cry as Deep as the Night, 70” x 60” oil on canvas, 2022
Right: Song, 60” x 72” oil on canvas, 2022

Erin Hunt: Goldthread

Erin Hunt: Goldthread

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