In this stark time, we are now culturally primed to connect with nature and nurture the fate of the human condition. This fire season marks Fairbank’s 10th year spotting wildfires in Northern Alberta. She has seen wolves and caribou migrate south because of un-relenting Boreal fires, ash falling like rain and lightening start a single tree top flame extinguished by rain five minutes  later. More than 1,500 days perched above the trees, metronomes of time swaying gently in the wind, has pressed upon Fairbank the real and quantifiable importance of the individual. 

Please consider the ceramic material’s connection to land and commemoration when viewing this work. Clay is the most long lasting archival material we use. Will the plants represented here take over or will these small layered, abstracted personal expressions be the souvenir of a perished plant? Fairbank proposes a compromise: coexistence by attentive interaction.  Rather than translating the specific these tiles are meant to be plant-like, expressive, personal and joyful, a reminder that we are not apart from, but a part of nature. A reminder that growth is possible.

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Arch of Triumph 

Giant Hogweed and Autumn Olive

Ceramic,  2020

 

Hogweed out-competes grasses and other forage species, reducing food sources for wildlife and livestock, and competing with native vegetation for nutrients and light.

 

Autumn Olive can grow into dense thickets and out-compete native vegetation. It also has nitrogen-fixing roots that can change the nutrient cycle in the soil making it difficult for native species that depend on poor soils to grow.

 

Left $1450

Right $1450

Low Hanging Fruit: Plum

Ceramic,  2020

A thing or person that can be won, obtained, or persuaded with little effort. 

 

$950 each

$2850 Whole composition

Low Hanging Fruit: Pear

Ceramic,  2020

A white tile is placed here to represent absence. A reminder to cherish the plenty as the shift in clime will change this abundance. 

 

$850 

Flowers and plants have long been codified and are powerful communicative objects. Fairbank’s past work considers flora, wild or domestic, as a living witness to humanity. Now she asks the viewer to witness the plants, invasive, local and exotic that are attempting to exist,  cleaning our air, having sex

and fighting for survival here in Alberta.

Low Hanging Fruit: Apple

Ceramic,  2020

 

A thing or person that can be won, obtained, or persuaded with little effort. 

$1280 each

La Petite Mort X + Y

Ceramic,  2020

A nod to the function of flowers as reproductive organs and the struggle to survive.

Bachelor's Button (Centaurea cyanus) an ornamental plant of European decent in gardens was chosen for the impetus of this piece because of its tongue-in-cheek name eluding to human heterosexual reproduction and carrying capacity of a system. Some flowers are seen here to break out of the normality of their rows

X $450, Y $150

The Observer

Ceramic,  2020

Common Yarrow, (Achillea millefolium) grounded and useful, flourishes upon a double headed figure amongst bright active un identifiable bits and pieces, representing the metal challenges and joy of a forestry observer. This is my face as Janus- god of beginnings, gates, transitions, time, duality, doorways, passages, and endings.

$1250

To See or Not to See?

Ceramic,  2020

Will we observe and notice our actions daily? 

 

Ceramic garlands adorn this mirror tiled with Plainsman H441G- a black Cone10 clay of Albertan Feldspar that fires beige and blushes in a high-fire kiln. Plainsman clay has been mining clay in Alberta since 1962.

$4750

Sensitivity to Ephemera 

Ceramic,  2020

Will we observe and notice our actions daily? 

 

Ceramic garlands adorn this mirror tiled with Plainsman H441G- a black Cone10 clay of Albertan Feldspar that fires beige and blushes in a high-fire kiln. Plainsman clay has been mining clay in Alberta since 1962.

$950

Height of The Seasons: Summer

Ceramic,  2020

Fairbank’s Fire Tower is a near straight climb on a steel ladder. She dons a harness, gloves, boots and weather appropriate gear weather-bound and exposed and climbs. The wind is felt as is the snow, the sun, the rain. world comes alive. 

$275

Height of The Seasons: Spring

Ceramic,  2020

The first hint of yellowing aspen and brown tilled fields- the snow will come soon. 

$275

Height of The Seasons: Fall

Ceramic,  2020

The world comes alive. Every color of green, the trees breathe and rustle- what will the season bring? Drought, rain, snow, wind.

$275

Land Management 

Ceramic,  2020

Clay dug from Tower Road construction and fired with no alteration. This piece stands to ask: How will we use the earth, what value will we find there?

Alberta is rich with clay, gas, oil and forests. Fairbank has spent 7 seasons and spotted over 100 fires North of Fort McMurray memorizing winter roads, gas lines and drill sites. We cannot begin to think about nature without land management.  From your back yard to Canada to beyond there is a connectedness we must acknowledge.

Join artist  Bridget fairbank + Victoria Sanchez at the via the @albertacraftcouncil Instagram for a live tour of the exhibition Ceramica Botanica . Monday March 30 at 1pm MST.

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