November 27, 2023 to April 2024
Kelowna-based artist Simone King utilizes needle-felted wool, assorted textiles, and clay to create Bloom, a powerful narrative that unfolds across the Glass Gallery space. This work features a mesmerizing “wool painting” alongside sculptural fantasy creatures, each a manifestation of the artist’s journey toward healing and peace in the aftermath of personal trauma.
The genesis of Bloom lies in King’s quest for personal catharsis, with each artwork representing a distinct point in their healing process. Each of the monstrous creatures represented in the exhibition are meant to embody otherness and isolation, while reminding us that imperfections do not diminish our worthiness of peace and care.
Bloom is a testament to the transformative potential of art in the process of healing. Join Simone King on this exploration of self-discovery and find inspiration in the beauty that can emerge from the most challenging chapters of life.
ABOUT THE ARTIST
Simone King received a BFA from the University of British Columbia, Okanagan Campus. King’s work addresses contemporary textile art, with a primary focus on needle felting and wool, and explores themes of catharsis, healing, and identity. Their practice is multimedia, and they enjoy bringing textile work into both pictorial and sculptural mediums.