LAURA ST.PIERRE - where the light gets in
Reception: Saturday, January 14 2-4PM
January 14 - February 16
Art Placement is pleased to present "where the light gets in", Laura St.Pierre’s first solo exhibition at the gallery. St.Pierre’s latest photographic images and mixed media sculptures revolve around a fictional character, The Sower, who tends to her crops amidst inhospitable conditions. Portrayed by the artist herself, The Sower traverses barren and crumbling urban and industrial landscapes, erecting makeshift plastic structures that offer dubious shelter for her crops.
St.Pierre’s surreal images exist outside of any one specific time and place. Costume and narrative suggest a dystopian future, though the sites are also familiar; if this is the future, it is not that far removed from the present. True to the spirit of science fiction, her speculative visions of the future invariably turn a lens back onto the present. Touching on dire contemporary themes including climate change and food insecurity, her work embraces the gravity of these issues without abandoning optimism. Potentially bleak in palette and tone, The Sower’s light nevertheless shines through. Her labour, against the odds, is an act of resistance, perseverance, and ultimately hope.
Laura St.Pierre is a visual artist who works with photography, installation, and video from an ecological perspective. She holds a Master of Fine Arts Degree from Concordia University. She has exhibited her work across Canada in Saskatoon, Regina, Edmonton, Calgary, Winnipeg, Montreal, and Toronto. She currently lives and works in Saskatoon, where she teaches part-time at the University of Saskatchewan.
Laura St. Pierre acknowledges funding support from SK Arts and the Canada Council for the Arts.