Upcoming Exhibit: Tracey-Mae Chambers – To the End

 

Glenhyrst Art Gallery of Brant is pleased to announce its next exhibition, To the End, featuring the works of artist Tracey-Mae Chambers.

In this exhibition, artist Tracey-Mae Chambers explores the theory of the Anthropocene. Scientists define the Anthropocene as a transformation in the climate and natural environment caused by human activities; as a result, plant, animal, and human life on Earth is in danger of mass extinction. However, there are those who criticize the Anthropocene for lacking scientific evidence and believe that it is based in ideology, in the beliefs and ideas of particular individuals or groups. In response, Chambers writes, “leaving only footprints is still an intrusion. This exhibition illustrates one possible outcome of our inaction. When our beehives are empty, save for fetid wax, when our forests are filled with diseased trees, and when our very seeds are contaminated, will we act?”

Chambers’s encaustic sculptures are created using melted beeswax, which is made more resilient with the addition of damar resin (tree sap). Various pigments are added later in the process to provide colour. These sculptures represent a multi-dimensional experience that engages the senses—each appears fragile yet durable, mysterious yet invites touch, and emits the faint scent of beeswax.

For all cultures in all parts of the world, vessels hold food and water to maintain life. The vessel form used by Chambers in this exhibition not only functions as an aesthetic object but also a metaphor for human life. With the passing of time, we fill (and re-fill) ourselves with knowledge, memory, and experience to build our life story; therefore, each vessel tells us about honey bees making wax, about the tapping of trees in India and East Asia for damar resin, and the artist’s own thoughts and feelings. Like Chambers, these vessels are storytellers.

Tracey-Mae Chambers is a Métis sculptor and installation artist based in Simcoe, Ontario. Committed to art as a vehicle for social change, her work has been featured in solo and group exhibitions in Canada, the United States, and Europe. Her work is also included in numerous public and private art collections. Chambers has been awarded several artist residencies, including Artscape’s Gibraltar Island Residency.   In 2017, Chambers was commissioned by the United Nations to create six sculptures for the U.N. Environmental Awards celebrating 30 years since the Montreal Protocol was initiated. Her work has also been the subject of feature articles and interviews by CBC News and CBC Radio.

The exhibit will be on display at Glenhyrst Art Gallery of Brant, 20 Ava Rd. Brantford, Ontario from May 25 to July 14, 2019 with an Opening Reception scheduled for Thursday May 30 at 7 pm.

Admission to the gallery and the Opening Reception is free – All are welcome. For more information about this event, please call Glenhyrst Art Gallery at 519 756 5932 or email info@glenhyrst.ca.