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Meet the artist behind A Steveston Beginning: Remembering My Mother exhibit

06 October 2016

rememberingmymotherOn Saturday, October 8, get a sneak preview of the new exhibit, A Steveston Beginning – Remembering My Mother, and meet the artist, Judy Nakagawa. From 1 to 3 p.m., drop into the Murakami Boatworks building at Britannia Shipyards to view her abstract sculptural works that are rooted in Steveston’s history and the concept of honouring loved ones – past and present. After Saturday’s opening, the exhibit runs every weekend from noon to 5 p.m. through Sunday, October 30. Admission is free.

The inspiration for this exhibit began when Judy visited Britannia Shipyards, the site of her mother’s early childhood home and a community of boatyards, canneries, residences and stores from a time when fishing and boatbuilding were flourishing industries on the waterfront. It was during this visit that Judy asked herself, “How do we remember beginnings?”

Judy began to consider the everyday lives of the people who lived and worked at the Shipyards were from a time when clothes were made at home, stories were told in books and fishing nets were tied by hand. She started to understand her mother in a way she never had before.

The exhibit is the result of this question and pays homage to the Japanese-Canadian roots of her mother and touches on the themes of relationship, memory and language through abstract sculpture. The mixes of wire, fibre and paper sculptures are installed in the authentic Japanese-Canadian Murakami Boatworks building. This space offers the viewer an opportunity to reflect and consider their own relationships with loved ones and their connection with place.

Judy Nakagawa received her training at the Corcoran School of Art and Design in Washington, DC, where she was awarded the 2002 Berthold Schmutzhart Award for excellence in sculpture. Her work has been exhibited in Washington, DC and Vancouver in gallery shows and as theatrical backdrops. Her work is also on permanent display at the Nikkei National Museum and Cultural Centre in Burnaby.

The Murakami Boatworks building is located at Britannia Shipyards National Historic Site, 5180 Westwater Drive.

Visit www.richmond.ca/britannia or call 604-238-8050 for event details.