Land in the Veins
Solo exhibition by Alyson Davies (in collaboration with Mary Pinkoski)
Land in the Veins surveys the landscape of open skies and industry, flag-shipped by the evocative poetry of Mary Pinkoski.
Alyson Davies’ cyanotype work is influenced by the sights and history of the local landscape. Her prints feature environments familiar to Alberta – prairie lakes, forest, skies, agricultural fields, and mountains. The attention to individual plant species symbolizes historic events associated to the land and to her experiences growing up in a rural agricultural family. Old World flora sneaks into the most unlikely places as we celebrate a successful crop of Canola, “double low” rapeseed. Davies creates a space that is both magical and menacing – the figures inhabiting the land grin as tears flow from their bodies into the landscape, they reach for connection.
Bringing together poet and visual artist, the exhibition depicts a universe searching for balance in which we are confronted by our current ecological system. The production of this exhibition is indebted to the peoples before who kept and changed this land into what we know it as today. We acknowledge that the research, collection of imagery, and specific historical events referenced took place on Treaty 7, Treaty 8 and Treaty 6 lands. We are all treaty people.
Alyson Davies was raised in rural Alberta. In 2014 she received a BFA from the University of Alberta. She’s shown across Alberta with the artist collective Tennis Club, who was the first artist in residence at McLuhan House, Edmonton. She has shown in solo and group exhibitions in Canada and the USA and have participated in residencies in the Yukon, New York and Colorado.
Opening Reception: Friday, February 1, 7-9 pm.
SNAP is a public gallery so admission to our exhibitions is always free!
10123 121 St NW, Edmonton, AB T5N 3W9
January 31, 2019 - March 8, 2019