Balance

Scraped clean in the last ice age, the near north of Ontario is a landscape of fragmented rock and precisely balanced boulders left by retreating glaciers. The very skin of the world is exposed and its interaction with the rich ecosystem it now supports is explicit.

Combining subtly described surfaces and marks with photography, these images refer to this graphically abundant environment in compositions as delicately balanced as the relationship of climate, biome, and terrain to which they refer.

I photographed growing and moving elements of the landscape using intentional camera movement and multiple exposures, responding directly to their essence. These rendered moments were unified with graphic responses to the rock which sustains them. Drawn marks and textures honour the long etched story of the stone, inscribed through millennia by movement, climate, and humanity.

Environment and human response are joined in moments of equipoise, stable but potentially ephemeral, speaking of constant transition and fundamental interdependence.

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