In Peregrinatio Abma references organic objects such as shells, coral, fossils and petrified wood. “Through my works, these objects are used symbolically to become metaphors for memory, transformation, legacy and transcendence. My paintings invite the viewer to enter a contemplation of a cycle that includes life, death, fossilization and transformation,” Abma says. Abma’s great affinity with nature began in her childhood with walks with her dad along the shoreline of Lake Huron. It was her dad, who taught her how to identify rocks and fossils and today she spends many hours walking the quarry stone along the shoreline in Bright’s Grove.
Peregrinatio is an ancient word that in its broadest sense means, "pilgrimage". However, the term is also used metaphorically to describe an inner, spiritual journey or quest. By acknowledging that we have a deep connection with our natural world, and with one another, we catch glimpses of the intangible.
Abma will be familiar to Lambton audiences through her exhibitions over the past number of years. She has had solo exhibitions at Gallery Lambton, the Gallery in the Grove, and has participated in many Group Exhibitions including several Look Shows, at Gallery Lambton and Studio Tours in Lambton County. She has also exhibited in western Canada; Tuktu Prayers, in Jasper, Banff and Edmonton Alberta.
To coincide with the exhibition, Abma will lead a lecture and tour of her work on Saturday, February 16, at 1:00 p.m. Admission is free. Abma is also offering a Painting Workshop on Thursday, February 21, 7:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. The fee for the workshop is $40 plus G.S.T. and pre-registration is required. Telephone the gallery at 519 336-8127 for details.