August 11 (Saturday) - September 29 (Saturday)
Large scale acrylic paintings of environmental power - speaking to our complex interconnectedness with the natural world. Relating experiences of exposure to the elements at her Rice Lake studio,
Large scale acrylic paintings of environmental power – speaking to our complex interconnectedness with the natural world.
Relating experiences of exposure to the elements at her Rice Lake studio, Rebecca Last’s exhibition Cassandra’s garden; tracing shifted ground reminds us of our deeply rooted psychological ties to landscape and how profoundly we are reshaping them. Already evidenced in the 1840’s by the early Canadian settler and botanist Catharine Parr Traill, who also lived and worked at Rice Lake, and described in detail the altering of the area’s forests, grasslands and waterways. These paintings, grounded in observation and place, are not literal landscapes. Through myth and memory, Last ties our own experiences of nature to the visual, sharing the metaphor of garden, rich in cultural significance, to the ancient seer Cassandra who might offer reflection as we consider how we cultivate our landscapes and manipulate the geography of our planet.
Rebecca Last has been exhibiting and teaching for over 2 decades in Canada and abroad and has been represented by Edward Day Gallery and Gallery Moos in Toronto. She was awarded a Fellowship from The Virginia Center for the Creative Arts in the United States, and has worked as Artist in Residence at The Banff Center, Hambidge Arts Center in Georgia and Nanjing N. University in China where she lived and lectured as Guest Artist. In 2013 her painting “Through Silence” was included in the documentary film on Climate Change presented to the United Nations Delegation in Warsaw.
Artist’s Reception: Saturday, August 18 – 1 – 4 pm
Meet Rebecca Last in the Blue & Red Galleries today as part of Doors Open Aurora. Last will be in the galleries throughout the afternoon; please drop by to see the exhibition and chat with the artist about her processes. Note that the galleries are open all day.
Ways of Seeing Artist Events
Meet the artist for a gallery walk & talk
Wednesday, September 19 | 6 – 7:30 pm
All welcome; offered at no charge.