Audrey Hurd, originally from Perth, Ontario, holds a BFA from the Nova Scotia College of Art & Design. She spent a year on scholarship at the St. Michael’s Printshop in Newfoundland, and she was WSW’s Carolee Schneemann Legacy Artist-in-Residence. She is now heading straight to the Banff Centre for a year-long work exchange.
Hurd’s work focuses on the transformation of materials and the loss of solid objects or bodies. “I think about shapes and marks…and about living and dying,” she says with a grimace. “I want people to think about the marks or traces they’re leaving behind.”
Obviously, Audrey has approached mark-making in some unconventional ways. She once rolled a 50 lb plasticine ball through soap and across lithography stones several times to build up layers of nearly transparent marks. Her current installation in the WSW gallery includes three balls made of layers of paint, stucco, and wallpaper that she used as the basis for other lithograph prints.
Her work is represented by the Leyton Gallery in St. John’s, Newfoundland.