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CERAMICA BOTANICA: A CONSTANT AND MISGUIDED OPTIMISM
March 7 - April 18
Flowers and plants have long been codified and are powerful communicative objects. Past work by ceramic artist Bridget Fairbank considers flora, wild or domestic, as a living witness to humanity. Now she asks the viewer to witness the plants—invasive, local, and exotic (Albertan Rose, Indian Paintbrush, Goldenrod, Common Yarrow, Canola, Saskatoons, Blueberry and Sweetberry Honeysuckle)—that are attempting to exist, cleaning our air, having sex and fighting for survival in Alberta. Will the plants in this exhibition take over or will these small layered, abstracted personal expressions be the souvenir of a perished plant? Fairbank proposes a compromise: coexistence by attentive interaction. Rather than translating the specific, these tiles are meant to be plant-like, expressive, personal, and joyful—a reminder that we are not apart from, but a part of nature. A reminder that growth is possible.