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CERAMICA BOTANICA: A CONSTANT AND MISGUIDED OPTIMISM

March 7 - April 19

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.

Details

Start:
March 7
End:
April 19
Event Category:
Website:
albertacraft.ab.ca/discovery-gallery

Venue

Alberta Craft Council Gallery & Shop
10186-106 St.
Edmonton, Alberta T5J 1H4 Canada
Phone:
1-800-362-7238
Website:
www.albertacraft.ab.ca