Featured Exhibit: Christine Fitzgerald’s “Natural Histories: Algonquin Park” – Aug 1st to Sept 8th

The Algonquin Art Centre is proud to present photographer Christine Fitzgerald’s featured exhibit, “NATURAL HISTORIES: ALGONQUIN PARK”, on display at the Centre from August 1st until Sept. 8th, 2017. Christine Fitzgerald was the Algonquin Art Centre’s 2016 artist-in-residence, and her use of wet plate collodion photography and vintage lenses offers an incredible portrait of Algonquin Park.

SHOW DESCRIPTION:

Natural Histories is a 21st century interpretation of one of Canada’s most iconic and oldest parks – Algonquin Provincial Park – using a 19th century photographic process. The series presents a collection of images from the park, each conveying a story about the passage of time, connecting layers from the past to a contemporary reality. Through her work, Christine examines how the natural environment shapes who we are and how we shape the natural environment.

This series reflects Christine’s continuing interest in the complex relationship between the natural environment and humans, with underlying themes relating to history, memory, and the transience of life. The use of the photographic medium allows Christine to engage in reflection and examine how the natural environment is interpreted through a current lens. Time plays an important role in her work and influenced her process.

Christine used the historical wet plate collodion process, large format cameras and vintage lenses to capture her images.  The use of this photographic process allowed her to more effectively present her vision by providing a sense of mystery and nostalgia for bygone times, linking the present with one’s memory and imagination.

Natural Histories is the product of multiple excursions to Algonquin Provincial Park over a two-year period. The inspiration for her project comes from Canada’s 150th anniversary in 2017, and the upcoming 100th anniversary in July of the painter Tom Thomson’s death in the Park – an artist who challenged the conventional views of his time on Canadian landscapes.

Christine’s intent for this series is to engage viewers of her art and provide them with a different experience and connection with the Canadian wilderness on Canada’s 150th anniversary – this at a time when our society is becoming increasingly removed from the natural world. Hopefully, in the end she will have challenged their view  – just as the painter Tom Thomson did one hundred years ago – and, in a sense, the images will act as an ethereal commemoration of our past and of Thomson’s abbreviated life.

BIOGRAPHY

Christine Fitzgerald is a fine art photographer from Ottawa, Canada. Christine has always been captivated with nature.  Her fascination began in her childhood growing up in a small town in the Eastern Townships of Quebec, Canada, and has never abated. Much of her work deals with the fragile relationship between humans and nature, and the tension that this relationship inevitably creates. Her images are produced intuitively using digital and vintage large format cameras and lenses, often integrating historical and modern photographic tools and processes. Christine has degrees from Acadia and Dalhousie Universities, and completed the diploma program at the School of the Photographic Arts: Ottawa. Her work has been showcased around the world including Ottawa, Halifax, Toronto, New York, Brooklyn, Fort Collins, Los Angeles, Seoul, and London.  In 2016, Christine was selected as the International Fine Art Photographer of the Year by the Lucie Foundation in New York City and the only Canadian finalist for the Discovery of the Year Award. More recently, Christine was selected as a visual artist for one of the legs of the epic Canada C3 Expedition, a signature project for Canada’s 150th Anniversary of Confederation.

Read more about Christine’s featured show below:

Fitzgerald BOOKLET (PDF)

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