Art Dates & Location
July 14th – October 14th
Last Mountain Lake Bird Sanctuary
Last Mountain Valley No. 250, SK
Kara Uzelman creates sculptures and site-specific installations that have been included in DIY exhibitions, artist run centers, museums, commercial galleries and art fairs across Canada and Europe.
Since graduating with a BFA from Emily Carr University of Art and Design in 2004, Uzelman’s sculptures and site-specific installations have been included in DIY exhibitions, artist run centers, museums, commercial galleries and art fairs across Canada and Europe including those at Remai Modern, Saskatoon; The Power Plant, Toronto; Le Commissariat, Paris; Temporäre Kunsthalle, Berlin; Mercer Union, Toronto; and the Vancouver Art Gallery. She has received numerous awards, and has attended residencies at The Klondike Institute of Art (Dawson City, CA), Triangle (Marseille, FR), Mains D'oevres (Paris, FR), Mercer Union (Toronto, CA), The Bruno Arts Bank (Bruno, CA) and Les Ateliers des Arques (Les Arques, FR). Uzelman currently lives and works in the rural farming community of Nokomis, Saskatchewan.
As part of ‘Roadside Attractions’ I have created a temporary site-specific artwork at the Last Mountain Lake National Wildlife Area and Migratory Bird Sanctuary (LMLNWA & MBS). Over the course of ongoing seasonal visits to the LMLNWA & MBS and surrounding area this project was inspired by a process of engagement with the local landscape.
The Prairie ecosystems are not only defined by the species that compose them, but also by the processes that govern them. Working with locally collected materials and found objects such as a partial cow skeleton, wild harvested clay, potash, fieldstones, leftover seed potatoes and a crushed glass beer bottle, my project ‘Borrowed’ takes it’s title from the term ‘borrow’, as used to describe earth that is taken from an existing site and used for fill material, in projects such as road building and maintenance.
Using formal aesthetics associated with monuments, interpretive nature centers, and walking trails, the elements that compose this temporary installation are a reflection on the subtle and nuanced details of the landscape and the complex relationships between the delicate prairie grasses ecosystem, human activity and land-management.
To experience this site-specific artwork, you will need to visit the Last Mountain Lake National Wildlife Area and Migratory Bird Sanctuary Information Kiosk, at the main Headquarters. There you can pickup one of the brochures provided and follow the map to the designated site.