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Genevieve Robertson: Looking Through a Hole in the Earth

Exhibition Dates:

February 7-March 22, 2020
Opening Reception: February 6, 7-9 pm
Artist Talk: February 9, 2pm

Genevieve Robertson

Image Credit: Genevieve Robertson, 'Sandal' (detail), 2017, bitumen, coal, seawater and gouache on paper, 76.2 x 55.8 cm, Collection of the artist, Photo: Blaine Campbell.

Over the past four years, Genevieve Robertson has developed a studio practice that involves extensive physical and material exploration, engaging with the complexities of our relations to land and water in a time of large-scale industrial exploitation and climate precarity. Drawing with found materials, her work links biology, geology and environmental studies with contemporary drawing. Looking Through a Hole in the Earth presents three series of recent explorations: works on paper composed with bitumen and seawater; forest-derived charcoal and graphite; and silt, seaweed and limestone. Robertson’s practice of drawing and painting with found materials - whether harvested, collected or dug up from the ground - is a way of implicating herself directly in the process of landscape representation, and of learning about the entanglement of non-human lifeforms and geologic landforms that coexist in our biosphere.  

Genevieve Robertson is an interdisciplinary artist with a background in environmental studies and resource labour. She holds an MFA from Emily Carr University (2016) and a BFA from NSCAD University (2009). Her work has been exhibited at numerous institutions such as the Libby Leshgold Gallery (Vancouver), Or Gallery (Vancouver), the Nanaimo Art Gallery, Touchstones Museum (Nelson), Walter Philips Gallery (Banff), and Access Gallery (Vancouver). This is her first solo exhibition at a Canadian art museum, and will be accompanied by a publication.