Vancouver artist Anne Low, who put her own twist on finely crafted at the Contemporary Art Gallery earlier this year, is up for a 2019 Sobey Art Award.
She's vying for the prize, worth $100,000 and designated for a Canadian visual artist aged 40 and under, with artists from each of the five regions of the country. Also nominated are the Prairies and the North's Kablusiak, the Atlantic region's D'Arcy Wilson, Ontario's Stephanie Comilang, and Quebec's Nicolas Grenier. Low is nominated for the Yukon and West Coast region.
Low is best known here as a textile artist who has specialized in historic weaving techniques and investigates the knowledge embedded within them.
At the CAG, her Chair for a woman show revealed her recent interest in furniture and related decorative arts, her works referencing everything from ancient Egypt to Edwardian England. Pieces included a little writing desk, a low wooden chair, a decorative fire screen, a stool, and a set of upholstered bed steps.
The Sobey nomination recognizes her for using sculpture, installation, textiles, and printmaking to recontextualize everyday objects.
Each of the four non-winning finalists receive $25,000. One shortlisted artist will also be selected by Fogo Island Arts for an artistic residency and the work of all five finalists will be exhibited in Edmonton at the Art Gallery of Alberta starting October 5.
The 2019 Sobey prize will be awarded at a ceremony at the Art Gallery of Alberta on November 15.