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.

Panting indoors in February

Panting indoors in February

Indoor growing space

Indoor growing space

Mom helping

Mom helping

Transplanting season in spring

Transplanting season in spring

Gradening in the backyard studio

Gradening in the backyard studio

Mom helping

Mom helping

Kids helping

Kids helping

Green house and studio

Green house and studio

exploration sessions

exploration sessions

Greenhouse bounty

Greenhouse bounty

specimen collection in garden

specimen collection in garden

specimen sorting

specimen sorting

Greenhouse bounty

Greenhouse bounty

Greenhouse

Greenhouse

Harvesting for art

Harvesting for art

Pig pen in family farm in BC

Pig pen in family farm in BC

Family Farm

Family Farm

Pigs for family food

Pigs for family food

Next years food

Next years food

Family farm flower bounty

Family farm flower bounty

Summer bounty at the farm

Summer bounty at the farm

Farm Green house

Farm Green house

Fall harvest and decay for art

Fall harvest and decay for art

Some for food some for art

September freeze in green house

September freeze in green house

By September we mourn the garden and we proceed to create memento mori work

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

Represented by:

 

Christine Klassen Gallery

Calgary

https://www.christineklassengallery.com

Indoor growing space