The Domestic Acts of Love
Michèle Karch-Ackerman

February 6 - March 20, 2016

Opening Reception:

Sunday, February 7

Generously Sponsored by:
Casablanca Winery Inn

Michele Karch-Ackerman creates ways to soothe the physical and psychological suffering of others. Through her artwork, she has honoured the often brief lives of pioneer babies (Sweet Breath of Trees), offered comfort to the young men who fought in WWI (Lost Boys), asked forgiveness from the Dionne quintuplets for their stolen childhoods (Springtime Story of a Little White Flower School for Girl Saints). In 2002 the GPAG hosted Lost Margaret, which provided travelling kits to ease the passage of individuals lost at sea, and in 2010 we featured Foundling, in honour of the lives and loss of unwed mothers and babies given up for adoption. The Domestic Acts of Love is a retrospective that includes elements from all of these and from Little Flower Sanatorium, a more recent installation that offers solace and grace to people who have experienced profound illness.

Karch-Ackerman channels comfort through lovingly hand-made textiles and purposefully collected vintage objects. A museum artefact garners significance from its provenance and from the lives it has touched. Karch-Ackerman creates equally powerful objects, imbuing them with significance and meaning through her choice of materials and subject but more importantly through the love that she brings to them, the power and personal integrity of her stitches.

Originally exhibited at the Tom Thomson Art Gallery and Owen Sound Museums in Owen Sound, The Domestic Acts of Love is the result of a curatorial partnership between Virginia Eichhorn, Director/ Curator, the Tom Thomson Art Gallery and Rhona Wenger, Director, Grimsby Public Art Gallery.