Left Behind/Held in Mind Exhibition by Kathryn Greenwood
October 7 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm| Free
Come and join us at theDock – Centre For Social Impact, to meet local artist Kathryn Greenwood, hear from her about her art and philosophy, and share good company over snacks and light refreshments. In addition to Kathryn’s exhibition, local artist and musican Jacob La Rocque-Wall will be performing live music for attendees. We are excited to have you join us in celebration of our great local artists!
Kathryn (she/her) is a multidisciplinary artist based in Lekwungen Territory/Victoria, BC, whose practice explores and critiques the way humans see, experience, and relate to the natural world. Integrating her background in neuroscience, as well as earth-based practices such as hiking, gardening and farming, her work attempts to offer new perspectives on our relationships within nature. Often referencing places and species she encounters around coastal BC, her paintings utilize abstraction and collage to formulate new landscapes that reconsider the way we encounter the natural environment. Kathryn completed her BFA in Drawing and Painting at OCAD University (2021), and her work has been exhibited in Toronto and Victoria. Kathryn is represented by Sweetpea Gallery.
Left Behind/Held in Mind
“The works in Left Behind/Held in Mind are a response to the human desire for ownership and our tendency to collect natural items we find attractive. Presently, we participate in a culture where we intuitively direct our attention towards animate things, and objects from nature are often seen as inconsequential, or not seen at all. Despite this lack of visual awareness, most people have experienced moments of appreciation for certain items they encounter outside, and the impulse is often to claim these as our own. Rocks, driftwood, seashells, dried flowers and other natural matter become assimilated into our domestic spaces as mementos of places we’ve been. However, living reciprocally with nature involves an overthrow of the human ego; a balancing of energies between human and non-human life. If we practice seeing nature as a sacred, self-sustaining, interconnected system, the removal of its components becomes problematic. Reciprocity demands a reevaluation of our previously assumed right to claim ownership of these natural entities.
Left Behind/Held in Mind offers an alternative approach to collecting nature, in which objects are observed, experienced, and integrated into our lives without being taken from their respective ecosystems. The paintings in this body of work are composed of imagery collected on a hike in Olympic National Park, Washington. Using a camera, a sketchbook, and/or memory, I documented natural items I found compelling, spending time examining the details of each one before returning it to its place. The paintings are composed of fragments of these images; they are collages of the visual intricacies of multiple objects contributing to one energetic system. Through the process of painting I was able to further interact with the qualities of these objects and experience their forms in new ways. The abstraction of colour and form reflects my personal connection with the energy of these entities. This practice of collecting images rather than objects presents a sustainable way of communing with natural objects that invites a more reciprocal relationship with nature.”
Jacob La Rocque-Wall
Multi-instrumentalist Jacob La Rocque-Wall, (he/they) is ecstatic to perform at the Left Behind/Held in Mind exhibition viewing. He’s a singer-song-writer from Vancouver Island, who specializes in dark+brooding punk/country tunes. He aims to inspire emotional flux as well as hope with his musical musings.
Jacob plays in two bands, (Twin Lens Reflex & Total.Function) but on this day, will be performing on his own.
theDock is located on the third floor of 722 Cormorant Street, across from Victoria’s City Hall. There will be ground floor attendant to let people into the venue until 6:15 PM. For those arriving later, we ask that you call 250-590-5179 to have an attendant let you up – there will be a sign at the door.
Food & Drink
Snacks and light refreshments will be served for guests.