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Kristina Campbell © Artful the Gallery

WELLNESS ARTIST Kristina Campbell : Ancient Songs



a solo exhibition of artwork by local multi-media artist Kristina Campbell. This body of work, produced over the past decade, is populated with the Norse gods.

Kristina Campbell is a settler on these lands, the eldest daughter of Danish immigrants. She grew up on the unceded traditional territories of the K’tunaxa in the interior of B.C., the Creston Valley. Since 2015, she has gratefully made her home in the Comox Valley on the unceded traditional territories of the K’omoks First Nation.

Campbell’s deep fascination with Viking culture and the Norse gods began in a Viking graveyard, Lindholm Høje, on a trip to Denmark 15 years ago, culminating with a University of Victoria continuing studies trip to Iceland in 2014 accompanied by a Viking archeologist and a geologist.

Campbell has reached back through her Danish ancestry to bring the Nordic gods to her mythopoetic sensibility as an artist. Painting with warm, rich red and earthen pigments, Campbell often adds gold leaf to her lyrical designs. Campbell initially learned how to ‘draw like a Viking’ by copying designs from each of the various Viking periods. She quickly found her signature method of ‘drawing’ with a Dremel drill into the surface of wooden cradle panels. In 2020, seeking security in the early days of

the pandemic, Campbell began producing shields on round wood panels, complete with iron shield bosses and runic inscriptions for strength and protection.

Campbell’s mythopoetic style is an expression of her belief that working with mythology can give access to timeless human wisdom. Campbell believes that many people today are over-stimulated and starving for genuine, soulful connection. This, she believes, is leading many people to feel strife as they experience the essential patterns of life and death: the seasons, birth and renewal, change and stagnation, problem and solution. By using symbols, we can access human wisdom directly, instead of having to wade through the mess of information that we experience today. Mythology, metaphor, poetry, symbols, and dream imagery all embrace the non-linear, non-binary, fluid flow of experience, and these realms offer wisdom rather than truth.

These beliefs are also reflected in Campbell’s counselling practice, in which she suggests that the many aspects of human experience are to be understood as aspects of ourselves, and that each aspect can bring us both grief and joy. By using images and metaphors, Campbell believes we can loosen our defensiveness and regain access to lost, disconnected or unused parts of ourselves.

Early in 2020, moments before the pandemic, Campbell opened Artful : The Gallery in Courtenay. The gallery is not a typical commercial gallery, as Campbell provides exhibition space and promotional expertise to a wide variety of emerging and mid-career artists. The current exhibition, the 17th since the founding of the gallery, exemplifies the breadth of themes and styles featured at the gallery. Every visit to Artful : The Gallery is a unique experience, as the space is transformed with each new exhibition. Campbell has added monthly poetry readings to the gallery’s roster, featuring Vancouver Island poets.

For Campbell, without imagination there is no access to the language of myth or poetry, and she believes it is through immersing ourselves in myth and poetry that we grow our imaginations and creativity capacity.

Find the Bliss Collection exclusively at Compass Gallery + Gifts

101-1811 Comox Avenue Comox, BC

Ancient Songs runs through December 24

Weds-Sat 12-5pm · 526C Cumberland Rd, Courtenay, BC kristinacampbellartist · www.artfulthegallery.com

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