Anthropocene: Fraser River Basin Series

My art and research practice recognizes that we now live in the Anthropocene – the geologic era defined by human activity on the earth that endangers the environment. This series has, as its unifying framework, the issue of change due to human interaction and global warming. With global temperatures rising by an average of one Celsius over the past 100 years, glaciers have melted and the temperature of rivers and oceans has risen. Humans have long been altering the earth with large-scale geo-engineering of our planet which includes shifting the flow of rivers to accommodate our needs.

In my current series, I have been collecting minerals from the banks of the Fraser River. The Fraser River is one of the largest undammed rivers in the world. It is the longest river within British Columbia, rising at Fraser Pass in the Rocky Mountains and flowing into the Strait of Georgia in Vancouver. My process is to grind the minerals into a fine powder using a mortar and pestle, followed by a muller which disperses the pigment into either an oil or acrylic base. I paint aerial views of the Fraser River Basin using its own minerals to create the neutrals within the multiple layers of colour.