Crafted Beasts combines the oral culture and material culture. Combining craft, folklore and storytelling, opens space for artists, makers and storytellers, to free their imagination and interpretation of the cultural tradition they are immersed in. Newfoundland and Labrador folklore has a rich storytelling tradition, especially when it comes to mythical creatures. Throughout history, Indigenous tales and Western European stories merged, changed and have been told over and over, leaving the shapes, colours and textures to the imagination of those listening.
“The curatorial process for Crafted Beasts started from the desire to see the transformation of traditional beliefs, customs and stories that have been passed through word of mouth, into a physical object.”
Vinhas, Gallery Director and curator of the show