Artist Statement:

I work within the boundaries of my garden with still lives, organic compositions and compost. The organic still lives in my work have biographical notes that cover not only the realm of home but also tell stories about my life in a subtle hidden manner. My work starts the moment I plant a seed and nurture it to the stages of maturity, flowering and decay, eventually becoming soil for future plants. It’s a labour intensive process that allows me to explore the landscape as a physical and mystic space where time and nature become my creative allies. I use organic materials that are methodically planned, nursed and harvested according their aesthetic qualities that later are used in my compositions; similar to how a painter uses pigments to create work. From seed to harvest, to the creation of a still life, a year can pass which allows me to attune to nature’s cycles. I’m inspired by the light and the metaphors of XVII Dutch still life paintings. This genre, once considered of lesser importance, fits  with the devaluation of labour that is inherent in garden and domestic work.

 

“Still life seems to have three strikes against it as subject of scholarly inquiry: frivolity, felinity and familiarity” (Clinberg: 56). The felinity or the savage nature of still life fits the underlying tones of my work where the rawness of life, the flourishing and the decay mix together to reflect on the contradictions and tensions I see in life. Labour, body investment, life cycles  and the landscape are a constant in my work.

 

Cited Work

Clintberg, Mark, Dr. “ The artist’s Restaurant : Taste and the Performative Still

Life” Thesis. Concordia University, 2013.

When I think of home #1

When I think of home #1

“ Still Life Seems to have Three strikes against it as subject of scholarly inquiry: frivolity, felinity and familiarity” ( Clinberg: 56). The felinity or the savage nature of still life fits the underlying tones of my work where the rawness of life, the flourishing and the decay mix together to reflect on the contradictions and tensions I see in the life. Inspired by vanitas and abstract expressionist paintings, I use organic material as a metaphor for the inner landscape

When I think of home # 2

When I think of home # 2

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When I think of home #9 (Organic Portrait Lougheed House)120DPI -2018

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When I think of home #11 (Organic portrait of Lougheed House) 120 DPI_DSC2251

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When I think of home #7

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When I think of Home # 13

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Freezer Garden #2

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Freezer Garden #1

Frozen IG

Frozen IG

Fridays dinner

Fridays dinner

After preparing dinner for my family I proceeded to " add value" and like a refinery "re process" the remnant of our daily consumption. By creating still lives from the compost bin I was re using a byproduct of our dinners.

Saturday's dinner

Saturday's dinner

After preparing dinner for my family I proceeded to " add value" and like a refinery "re process" the remnant of our daily consumption. By creating still lives from the compost bin I was re using a byproduct of our dinners.

Monday's dinner- Mussels and leeks

Monday's dinner- Mussels and leeks

After preparing dinner for my family I proceeded to " add value" and like a refinery "re process" the remnant of our daily consumption. By creating still lives from the compost bin I was re using a byproduct of our dinners.

Morning snack

Morning snack

After preparing dinner for my family I proceeded to " add value" and like a refinery "re process" the remnant of our daily consumption. By creating still lives from the compost bin I was re using a by-product of our food.

Smoothie

Smoothie

After preparing dinner for my family I proceeded to " add value" and like a refinery "re process" the remnant of our daily consumption. By creating still lives from the compost bin I was re using a by-product of our food.

Homegrown tomatoes #2

Homegrown tomatoes #2

I grew these tomatoes from seed and like a any precious belonging I photograph them in a rich indulging setting.

Homegrown Tomatoes #1

Homegrown Tomatoes #1

I grew these tomatoes from seed and like a any precious belonging I photograph them in a rich indulging setting.

After dinner

After dinner

Bread and butter for sick days

Bread and butter for sick days

As part of the Hear/d Art residency I collected people's stories and memories that have a strong emotional resonance with the person sharing the memory. I then tried to re imagine the scene visually as a way to make the memory some variation and anchor to our collective healing knowledge.

View of Alacena Perdida Installation

View of Alacena Perdida Installation

“Alacena Perdida” (Lost Pantry) attempts to create a place for thoughtful reflection on our food security, and our ability to empower ourselves through traditional production and preservation. Catalogued and displayed similarly to a 17th century Cabinet of Curiosities , I show the food products that I have grown and preserved myself or that I have traded. This type of pantry is a rarity in modern times thus rendering it a kind of contemporary cabinet of curiosities.

Alacena Perdida installation notes

Alacena Perdida installation notes

Visitors to the gallery recorded their observations in a book. “Alacena Perdida” (Lost Pantry) attempts to create a place for thoughtful reflection on our food security. Catalogued and displayed similarly to a 17th century Cabinet of Curiosities , I show the food products that I have grown and preserved myself or that I have traded. This type of pantry is a rarity in modern times thus rendering it a kind of contemporary cabinet of curiosities.

Alacena Perdida exploration sessions

Alacena Perdida exploration sessions

From the installation “Alacena Perdida”. Visitors attended exploration sessions where they consumed the canned foods displayed in the cabinet of curiosities.

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Rocio Graham Calgary, AB  403 650 9584  rociograhamstudio@gmail.com

Represented by:

 

Christine Klassen Gallery

Calgary

https://www.christineklassengallery.com

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