In Context is Everything, Saskatoon-based artist Monique Martin exhibits hundreds of realistic paper dandelions in a sprawling installation that carpets the gallery floor. They create an immersive environment that uses symbolism to inspire joy, hope, and optimism.
Context is Everything at the Seymour Art Gallery is the first exhibition where Martin’s dandelions and butterflies share the same space. Within the gallery, Martin creates an ecosystem where visitors can imagine the butterflies drinking the nectar of the dandelions, floating from one flower to the next, pollinating the plants as they feed. A symbiotic and metaphorical relationship is formed between the dandelions and the butterflies: one where tenacity fuels transformation, and change helps resilience grow stronger. It is a hopeful message, and one that is more relevant than ever.