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Diviney discusses contributions to Hide

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Mackenzie Hientz

David Diviney stands by one of his selections, Hunter, during a reception of the exhibit Hide at the Estevan Art Gallery and Museum on July 31.

Artist David Diviney was at the Estevan Art Gallery and Museum on July 31 to discuss his contributions to the exhibit, Hide, which is on display in the main gallery until August 26.

Diviney said that he and the other artist involved with Hide, Jamie Wright, did not work together on the exhibit, but both artists submitted works that deal with hunting. 

“To a certain extent, hunting is an entry for both of us with a respect to the things we make,” Diviney said.

Diviney said that hunting has always been a part of his background, and is something that he looks at for an artistic influence.

His favorite piece from the exhibit is Blind – a stylized hunting blind that’s made of common building materials that are found at a hardware store.

“It sort of inverts the relationship between the hunted and the hunter, and it’s a playful, fun and comedic work in a lot of ways too,” he said.

Each installation of Diviney’s work takes on a different shape or form, he said.

Most of his artwork is made from everyday objects and building materials that he can purchase in a hardware store.

“The materials that I choose to bring into the sculptures that I make, and the way that I construct them…makes it accessible in term of understanding the meaning they put forth,” he said.

One of the selections that wasn’t built was Snare. It’s a coyote trapped in a snare with a toque over its head.

Diviney is currently working out of Halifax, and has been making sculptures for 20 years.

He was excited to share his work with the art gallery.

“I’m grateful for this opportunity to come to Estevan and share my work and ideas with this town,” he said.


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