On the idea of Wilderness., an exhibition by Janice Wright Cheney

June 5 – September 10, 2015

Mid-exhibition reception, Friday, July 3 at 5 PM, at Connexion ARC’s project space at the Fredericton Playhouse.

Because we want to believe in something else, something other than ourselves…

With reference to early photographic history, when long exposure times demanded that wildlife photographs make use of taxidermy animals, and in relation to the contemporary ecological concept of ‘re-wilding,’

Though, paradoxically, we also want to know this thing…

Janice Wright Cheney’s new photographic work for Connexion ARC, addresses cultural attachments to the idea of Wilderness, to the known and unknown, and places the semi-mythological Eastern cougar somewhere between a Romantic longing for wilderness, and an inconvenient truth quietly dismissed by government and industry.

To measure it, to know it, to possess it…

Janice Wright-Cheney is a contemporary artist based in Fredericton whose practice examines the cultural baggage of natural history and domestic labour. Her work makes use of craft and textile techniques and histories, extending into sculpture, photography and site-specific installation.

PHOTO: Janice Wright Cheney, On the idea of Wilderness. (2015) (detail)

Admission is free and open to the public.