Fraser Valley artist Deb Silver will be featured in an online artist talk this month.
The conference is organized by the Reach Gallery Museum and the University of the Fraser Valley. The timing matches his solo exhibition at The Reach, titled Feet Deep in Wet Earth and Watery Pools.
Silver seeks to combine and harmonize Coast Salish cultural teachings and scientific research in plant knowledge, ecology and analog photography. At the heart of her practice is her deep respect for the more than human world. Silver is committed to establishing and maintaining respectful relationships with her plant subjects, always introducing and explaining herself when she approaches with the intention of photographing.
For his most recent work, from which the exhibition takes its name, Silver specifically sought to connect plants, root systems, waterways and lichens in a single series of photos documenting intimate landscapes of Pelhó’lhxw territory ( east of Chilliwack).
Using a Mamiya RB67 medium format camera, the artist captures in detail the cracks, bumps and indentations that make up the unique beauty of each plant depicted. For these photographs, Silver draws on the traditional Stó:lō practices of using lichen as a base for colored dyes, and combines them with insights from horticultural research and a scientific method of testing and errors. The results are intimate and evocative portraits of the forests and undergrowth of his home territory of S’ólh Téméxw (the Fraser Valley).
This project is presented alongside a reconfigured version of Silver’s multi-image photographic installation, Their Words Echo Through My Core (2018), produced for his BFA program at UFV. This is the first opportunity for these two projects to be exhibited together, with the previous project providing insight into Silver’s ongoing interest and exploration in the relationship between photography and knowledge of land and plants. .
Feet Deep in Wet Earth and Watery Pools is one of the exhibitions selected for the Capture Photography Festival 2022.
The Artist Talk is open to everyone, March 15 from 1-2 p.m., and registration is required through Eventbrite under “Artist Talk with Deb Silver.”
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