In­spired land­scapes

Albany Advertiser - - AGENDA - Shan­non Smith

Land­scape of Ar­rival is the im­mer­sive ex­hi­bi­tion show­ing at Van­cou­ver Art Cen­tre, con­vey­ing Mar­garet San­ders’ in­ter­pre­ta­tions of “be­ing here” through dif­fer­ent forms of art­work.

San­ders re­cently moved to Al­bany and she said her ar­rival had her think­ing about the land­scape as a back­drop for vis­i­tors, trav­ellers, ex­plor­ers and set­tlers on the west coast for more than 400 years.

The ex­hi­bi­tion in­cludes lino prints, ob­jects and pa­per­work and vis­i­tors should ex­pect to en­ter a re­flec­tive jour­ney of past and present.

She said Al­bany’s his­tory and beau­ti­ful land­scape in­spired her unique work.

“Cen­tral to the ex­hi­bi­tion is a pewter plate, which ori­en­tates the vis­i­tor to the ex­hi­bi­tion,” she said.

“This ref­er­ences the fa­mous Dirk Har­tog plate and I have put a pewter plate on one of my land­scape prints.”

Her favourite piece fea­tures a mir­ror and she said it was a ver­sion of a por­trait.

“It re­flects me but it also re­flects oth­ers liv­ing in this land­scape. I’m try­ing to link the ex­hi­bi­tion vis­i­tors to my art and to the chang­ing re­al­i­ties around us.

“I hope peo­ple will en­joy ex­plor­ing the con­nec­tions I have made be­tween art, his­tory, plants and place.”

It is a con­cep­tual ex­hi­bi­tion, and most of the prints are avail­able for sale. Be­ing a pre­vi­ous artist in res­i­dence at the VAC, San­ders felt it was a def­i­nite choice for ex­hibit­ing.

Visit VAC be­fore September 16 to view San­ders’ per­cep­tion of land­scapes.

Pic­tures: Lau­rie Ben­son

Mar­garet San­ders with her art­works at the VAC.

Mar­garet San­ders’ work Land­scape of Ar­rival (at this place).

Land­scape of Ar­rival (I am here).

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