Clay in the Soil | Paige Bromby
Showing from September 27 to October 25 2021
"This land has been scared. It has been bleached and battered and used and extracted from. It has changed hands more than a few times and found some hands more tender than others. There are scars on this land, ones left by a tiller, ones burned into the ground, scars from wars won long ago and from battles still being fought today. This land has taken life away just as easily as it provides life for many.
This land was changing long before my grandfather ever took his first steps on its ground and it will continue to change long after my grandchildren leave this earth.
Clay in the Soil is the start of what I hope to be a lifelong dialogue with a piece of land in Forest, ON that I know as well as family. This is the unpacking of my personal and familial history with this land and the messy journey I am on, to understand the drastic changes it has undergone.
While working on these paintings my artistic practice has changed, the Leached series are my first paintings made from soil pigment (site specific) and I look forward to transitioning my painting practice to natural pigments that are sustainably foraged in the coming years.
This work has been conceived and worked through on the traditional lands of the Chippewas of Kettle and Stony Point First Nation and the Mississauga's of the Credit First Nation. I am thankful to these Nations for nurturing and continuously protecting the lands that I call my home."
ABOUT THE ARTIST
Paige Bromby is a Guelph Based Artist and Community Animator. Working primarily in painting and installation, Paige explores the concept of place and how it relates to the complexities of identity, collective memory and our relationship with the earth. Paige holds a Bachelor of Arts Honours, in Studio Art from the University of Guelph, with a minor in Art History. Paige’s artistic practice is strengthened by her work within the community. An avid defender of the arts, she is dedicated to promoting emerging contemporary artists working outside large city centres. Working through her various volunteer roles and personal community passion projects, Paige is committed to supporting inclusive and accessible creative environments.
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