Professional artists in their own right, Mary Kennedy and Michele Woodey began working together under the name of Fiona Hoop in 2000. They were commissioned to create site-specific installations combining painting, photography and interior design. This successful partnering led to a deeper exploration of collaborative painting, a concept which has its roots in the early Surrealist artistsí technique of passing a piece of work back and forth. Each artist contributes an element in turn, until the chemistry is complete. The individual elements must blend seamlessly and harmoniously, as in a musical orchestration. Fiona Hoop is a pseudonym for an ever-evolving duet exploring abstract, collage, encaustic, landscape, figurative and still-life. The work is housed in private and public collections in New York, Dallas, Atlanta, Los Angeles, Toronto and Vancouver.
Michele graduated with honors in Fine Arts from Brighton School of Arts in England. While working as an antique and art restorer in London, she continued her pursuit of the arts by taking courses in printmaking and photography. Michele eventually spent some time in New York before she made the permanent move to Canada
Some of her works are housed in such prestigious collections as the Art Gallery of Ontario, University of Toronto and Xerox Canada.
Mary has graduated from the Ontario College of Art and Design and received the OCAD's Experimental Arts Award in Painting. Since then she has been the recipient of several Visual Arts Grants from the Ontario Arts Council, as well as from the Sheila Dick Mackay Arts Foundation.
Mary continues her exploration of different mediums of the arts as she teams with Michele Woodey to create Fiona Hoop.
Mary Kennedy's personal works may be found in the corporate collections at the University of Toronto, Princess Margaret Hospital, Cooper Sandler and West as well as Sun Life Insurance Canada. Her work is also housed in many private collections the world over.
The Plaza Galleries in the Whistler Resort is pleased to present the original work of Fiona Hoop.