Heart shape repeated in new works of art at YLW

Angelika Jaeger: Wanderlust

November 7, 2016 to May 8, 2017

At the Kelowna Art Gallery’s satellite space at the Kelowna International Airport

The image of the heart – the classic Valentine shape with its pleasing symmetrical form – has become ubiquitous, although its origins are obscure. It has appealed to many artists making paintings and sculptures, as well as to illustrators designing cards or other materials. We recognize it as an emoticon: Dick heart Jane! So it is easy to see its appeal to Vernon-based artist Angelika Jaeger for her commission at the Kelowna Art Gallery’s satellite space at the Kelowna International Airport in the well-wishing area of departures wing, where people are saying goodbye to loved ones.


To Jaeger, who has a strong background in sculpture, the heart shape provided a natural jumping off point to explore rendering its form in various materials: woven willow branches, strips of canvas, old unwound reels of film, and felt, for example. She has created seven three-dimensional hearts, joined by a thin red line to unite them against their backdrop. Visitors to the area will likely notice that although identical in shape and scale, the hearts use vastly differing materials – perhaps a metaphor for the human heart, in all its mutability and vulnerability – giving each of them a distinctive feel.


Born in Germany, Angelika Jaeger has lived and worked as an artist in Vernon, BC since 1988. She received a BFA from the University of British Columbia Okanagan in Kelowna in 2013.

Angelika Jaeger: Wanderlust will be on view through May 8, 2017 at the Kelowna International Airport.

For more information about current exhibitions, public programming or special events, please visit the Kelowna Art Gallery online at www.kelownaartgallery.com.


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