Out of Place Studio…

Oct. 17-18, 2020  ~ Two artist sisters with a singular vision are exploring land, shadow and meaning – and preparing to share their work through the upcoming New Westminster Cultural Crawl 2020. Join us at Out of Place Studio: 908 Third Avenue (West End), New Westminster.

  • Jennifer Nathan – a biologist, naturalist and science educator, brings her life experience exploring the science of human impact on climate to her place-based oil painting and photography.
  • Holly Nathan is a journalist, writer and photographer who has focused on Indigenous land and political rights. She uses shadow as a powerful symbol in her multi-media explorations of relationship to place and belonging in the Lower Mainland.  

See our Video Intro: A Singular Vision


On the frontlines…
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Jennifer Nathan expresses a sense of urgency in her art, given scientific evidence for imminent catastrophic harm for our imperiled ecological systems and for the peoples on the frontlines of degraded environments.

A painting of Ta’Kaiya Blaney at the tar sands site in northern Alberta in 2014, one of the largest oil reserves and industrial projects in the world. Blaney is an environmental activist and singer/songwriter from the Tla’Amin Nation in BC who has addressed United Nations leaders. Jennifer has participated in numerous First Nations-hosted Tar Sands Healing Walk events through lands impacted by oilsands extraction.

UnSettling: A Shadow/Land Project

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Holly Nathan has previously partnered with musicians and artists in northern BC to create the shadow art film “Bird, House, Woman,” funded in part by the City of Prince George.  Now, as she visits Indigenous lands in Metro Vancouver, she is facing the unsettling shadow she casts on territories of the Tsawwassen and Kwikwetlem, Qayqayt and Katzie, Kwantlen and Tseil-Waututh through  multi-media work in progress…See, for instance: 

From the ‘Dis/Integrate’ Series…

From ‘UnSettling: A Shadow on the Land’ …

From: RUN: A Changing Journey ~ a short video following the shadow of a salmon through time and space, from its sacred and ancient ties to First Peoples to the inner streets of 2020 Vancouver; along a deteriorating Fraser River – and back to a place of memory…

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