Diana Thorneycroft I is for insect 2000, mixed media
A resident of rural southwestern Manitoba, artist Shirley Brown organized The Library Project because she wanted to share her enthusiasm for contemporary art with people of her area. Consequently she invited 29 artists to make a work of art from a book she provided from a set of encyclopedias in her home. She also contributed her own artwork. The exhibition was initially shown in five libraries in Manitoba and Gallery III in Winnipeg before the installation here. The invited artists were of diverse backgrounds. She sought out Manitoba residents and non-residents, artists of rural and urban backgrounds, emerging, mid-career, senior and of various visual art disciplines. The artists were given free rein to transform the book in any way they chose. The resulting work provides a compelling view of the relationships between an artist's materials/methods and the artist's intentions. From Erla Glesby's Cloud Shrine in which the "book of knowledge" provides the canopy for a shrine to Diana Thorneycroft's I is for Insect for which the book stimulated the artist's photo-based processes, the exhibition provides a fascinating view of how the seeds of inspiration are moulded by an artist's imagination and methods.