Exhibition-Jessica Wiebe


Bear­ing Arms B(e)aring Wounds
One woman’s wit­ness­ing to the space between war and heal­ing St. Paul’s Angli­can Church Novem­ber 8th to 24th, 2014

We may not have found our­selves in a sit­u­a­tion where we have been com­pelled to bear arms in the sense of the title of this exhi­bi­tion, but we have and do arm our­selves. We may not have been wound­ed in a phys­i­cal or emo­tion­al sense in a par­tic­u­lar the­atre of war, but we do bear the scars of harm done to us. Our wounds may be old or new, ban­daged or left unat­tend­ed, they may be vis­i­ble – or not. Our wounds may be con­scious­ly con­cealed and we may even have wounds only oth­ers, but not we our­selves, can see. By accept­ing Wiebe’s invi­ta­tion we accom­pa­ny her through her pil­grim­age. We bear wit­ness to her prac­tice and the result­ing art­works – these thresh­olds where two real­i­ties can be expe­ri­enced simul­ta­ne­ous­ly. The gift of her art is a gift of space and time where we will encounter the moment when the ban­dages of lan­guage and dis­course are stripped back and the truth of the liv­ing wounds is laid bare – the wounds of life in need of heal­ing and simul­ta­ne­ous­ly the wounds that extend life to us. We can­not sep­a­rate the two. It is through these very wounds that Grace offers itself to us.

Ian McK­in­non, Novem­ber 2014

In memo­ri­am: Sgt. James R. McK­in­non, CD 1919 — 1976