Amy Loewans exhibition Illuminating Peace explores the subject of peace. The exhibition tours 10 art centres across Canada between 2009 and 2013. It was previously shown in BC during 2012 at the Evergreen Cultural Centre, Coquitlam and the Nanaimo Art Gallery.
A critical feature of Loewans practice is public participation. During the exhibit, viewers are invited to write or draw their visions of peace onto strips of rice paper then weave them into a separate panel. Loewans own work consists in part of muted, almost monochromatic woven banners suspended from the ceiling. These are complimented by a large-scale, illuminated eight-panel lantern made of woven rice paper strips that contain messages of peace.
The gallery space has a very calm, meditative, sanctuary-like feeling. The Reach has engaged community partners, including the Mennonite Central Committee, to promote the exhibition and collaborate on the public programming.
Amy Loewan is an Alberta artist and Continuing Studies instructor at the University of Alberta. She has an MFA in painting from the University of Alberta. A previous peace project was shown at eight Canadian art centres from 2001 to 2008. She has also participated in a number of widely touring group exhibitions, and is the recipient of numerous awards and grants from the City of Edmonton as well as Alberta. The use of lanterns, scrolls and peace messages have been used in her work for more than a decade.