SITE 5Proprietor’s House, Ryan Premises, Bonavista / Maison principale, Établissement-Ryan
SITE 16Coaker Factory Building, Port Union
Guildford’s multidisciplinary practice speaks “the language of the sea”. It draws from the inter-tidal zone of Nova Scotia’s south shore where he harvests objects, inspiration and ideas from the shoreline. Citing drawing as the core of his work, he also makes sculptural forms, paints and is a noted printmaker. Since 2000 he has been making a series of large-scale flexible wire and fibre sculptures using crochet and net-making techniques, often incorporating found materials such as fishing floats. Guildford’s works evoke strange sea creatures, the rhythms of waves, patterns of lacy surf or shells. They wander suggestively between male and female in their use of rugged fishery materials, the masculine labour of net-knitting and the femininity of crocheting. His related Working Drawings are from an ongoing series on paper in water-based media, charcoal and ink, echoing the shifting of colours, textures and forms along shorelines.
Guildford has won numerous printmaking awards and exhibited across Canada, including solo exhibitions at Burnaby Art Gallery, Tom Thomson Art Gallery in Owen Sound, Memorial University’s Grenfell Campus Gallery, and Saint Mary’s University Art Gallery in Halifax. His residencies include St. Michael’s Printshop in St. John’s, NSCAD and the Atlantic Centre for the Arts in New Smyrna Beach, Florida. He lives on the south shore of Nova Scotia.