Art Dates & Location
July 6th – August 11th
424 20th St W
Saskatoon, SK S7M 0X4
Laura St. Pierre was curated by PAVED Arts.
Laura St. Pierre's installations, sculptures, public works and photography have been exhibited throughout Canada and abroad. St.Pierre earned undergraduate degrees at UBC and the U of A, and completed a Master of Fine Arts degree at Concordia University in Montreal. She has received arts grants from the Conseil des Arts et Lettres du Quebec, the Alberta Foundation for the Arts, the Saskatchewan Arts Board, and the Canada Council. Exhibitions in 2018 include "Winter Garden" at VivianeArt (Calgary), "The Museum of Future History" and the Dunlop Art Gallery (Regina), "La vie fragile" (Montreal), and a new video project at PAVED Arts (Saskatoon) as part of the Roadside Attractions series developed by the the Dunlop Art Gallery (Regina).
For the last few years, I've been collecting and preserving flora from changing landscapes. It started with a vacant lot near my studio that was slated for development. In advance, I mourned the loss of the shoulder high flowers and grasses on an otherwise lifeless street. Using a technique common to botanists, I preserved the plants in isopropyl alcohol. This maintained their three dimensional form, but leeched the color from their flowers and leaves. Unlike a seed or a cutting, these tissues could not be used to create new life. Instead they preserved a moment in time, a present unhinged from the future.
More recently, I've focused on ecologically sensitive areas, including the Western Boreal forest. I have a personal connection to this landscape, having spent time at family cabins at both Jan Lake and Morin Lake, SK. In recent summers, my home in Saskatoon had been surrounded by smoke as the Western Boreal burns. For weeks at a time, the pungent odor is a powerful reminder of how this ecosystem is changing. While fire is indeed part of the forest's life cycle, ongoing drought wrought by climate change and decades of misguided management practices have made the forests incredibly vulnerable. Since my last visit to Jan Lake, the area near our cabin has seen devastating fires, a fact that resonates as I work with the specimens I collected there.
For Roadside Attractions, I have created a four channel video project using specimens from Jan Lake. Immersive and elegiac, this new work is a meditation on both our primal connection to the natural world and its destruction.