This exhibition aims to celebrate both the coming new year in chinese astrology as well as the loyalty and companionship of our furry friends. Two artists, both sharing a love of dogs and an interest in chinese astrology have come together to express this in their artwork. The chinese zodiac describes the dog as loyal, courageous and lively. They also tend to have harmonious relationships with people around them. While the earth dog in particular is described as calm, serene and responsible; perhap the coming lunar year will be just as stable. This exhibition focuses a lot on canine imagery but an underlying theme is the renewal of the year and looking forward to the future, taking the opportunity to better ourselves and come together.
The chinese zodiac or shengzia is the chinese calendar that has a repeating cycle of twelve years, each year represented by a different animal. The order of these animals is decided by the order that the animals arrived to meet Buddha. The sequence of which goes; Rat, Ox, Tiger, Rabbit, Dragon, Snake, Horse, Sheep, Monkey, Rooster, Dog and Pig.
2018 brings the year of the dog, specifically the earth dog, also known as the brown dog or mountain dog.
Years of the Dog include 1922, 1934, 1946, 1958, 1970, 1982, 1994, 2006, 2018, 2030, 2042 and so on.
Exhibiting Artists: Caroline Reynolds & Sydney Johnson