Local artist Lisa Nickel explores the concept of “bayit” through her new painting series.

Local artist Lisa Nickel explores the concept of “bayit” through her new painting series.

Home sweet home at Fort Gallery

Explore the meaning of home at the Fort Gallery’s latest show, BAYIT, with artists Lisa Nickel and Betty Spackman.

Explore the meaning of home at the Fort Gallery’s latest show, BAYIT, on until Dec. 6, with artists Lisa Nickel and Betty Spackman.

Nickel’s new painting series is an exploration of personal and social responsibility based on how people live and view the living situations of others.

“The word ‘bayit’ used in both the Arabic and Hebrew languages to denote a dwelling place or home, additionally encompasses ambiguous concepts such as feeling at home in images or textual spaces,” Nickel said.

“In this body of work, I use both the literal and metaphorical meanings of ‘bayit’ in order to look at the precariousness of human life, our interconnectedness with the other and the resulting obligations of our cohabitation.”

Spackman, whose multimedia work has often dealt with issues of home, supports Nickel’s theme of “bayit” with a series of assemblage works and collages.

“The minimal assemblage pieces I have made for this exhibition are layered iconic architectural forms representing ‘house’ — the ideals of dwellings based on particular ways of defining ‘home’ in terms of property and power that we use as a platform from which to judge success and failure,” Spackman said.

The Fort Gallery is located at 9048 Glover Rd. Visit www.fortgallery.ca for more.

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