LANDSCAPE, MIGRATION, & WILDNESS
Once upon a time, there was a world un-marred by human fingerprints. It was a time when the land sung so loudly that it would wake you up in the middle of the night. The wild ones roamed freely and without constant fear. The salmon water roads were not yet blocked by dams, and coming home was a tremendous effort, but never a question. Today very few places on the earth still exist in this way. The Chilcotin plateau in British Columbia is one of them. It is fiercely protected by the Xeni Gwet'in people, and remains largely free of human presence and development. It was here that Robert E. Livingood and Stephanie Kellett spent three weeks last fall, following the Salmon as they journeyed up the Fraser River, through desert landscapes, and into the pure glacier fed waters of the Chilcotin. Along the way they camped amongst herds of wild horses and sat with giant grizzlies who were congregating to feast at the mouth of the Chilko River. This series of paintings is an offering to that wild place, and a sharing of that wildness with you.
*This project was exhibited in January of 2017 at the VISAC Gallery in Trail. BC. Combined with Robert E. Livingood's text, and soundscapes, it was presented as a one-night art event, with the paintings exhibited for the length of the month.