Free Screening: Sum of its parts

A Film about Nancy Edell and her legacy by Kirby Hammond

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Apr 19

Winnipeg Art Gallery

Images from this event are available HERE!


Nancy Edell (1942 – 2005) is best known for the transgressive, representational works she created using an unlikely medium: rug hooking.  Her practice also included woodcuts, monotypes, drawings and animated films.  Throughout her career, that began in Nebraska, ended in Halifax, and included many years in Winnipeg, Nancy was rigorous in her craft and passionate about her feminist content.  Towards the end of her life, she envisioned herself an “art nun”, and created visually spectacular representations of art nuns in action!  Her last solo exhibition was featured at the Winnipeg Art Gallery in 2005.

This film by Winnipegger Kirby Hammond Sum of its parts, is an intimate portrait of the artist and a stunning visual representation of her works. It also contains interviews with Nancy’s heirs, and discusses the difficult problem of artist estates and inheritance tax laws.

As a special bonus, Nancy Edell’s animations from the 1970s and another short by Kirby, Universal Movement Machine about Whitehorse textile artist Meshell Melvin were screened.

This event was co-sponsored by MAWA and the Manitoba Craft Council.


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