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Prairie (Fear)

Prairie (Fear) 2021, Charcoal and pencil on paper, 16.5" x 11.7" x 0.1"

Prairie (fear) begins with the story of my maternal grandmother, and her life growing up in rural Alberta during the depression. The conditions of her past inspired me to examine both personal trauma and fear, through a detailed study of what it means to depict fear within my creative practice, using a range of materials and methods. Here, two children's faces regard the viewer pensively, they are both lost and self-possessed. The stark contrast between black and white aims to suggest the vastness of the prairie, and the vulnerability that the harsh winters, endless snow and dome of sky impose on those who inhabit the unforgiving yet beautiful land that is Alberta, Canada.