Opening Party for "Children of the Apocolypse" at Wild Skies Art Gallery

Date: May 7, 2024

Deadline: May 25, 2024 - 6:00 pm

Childredn of the Apocalypse

Solo exhibition by Erin Boake at Wild Skies Art Gallery, Edmonton

Location

Wild Skies Art Gallery on the 2nd floor in The Renaissance Edmonton Airport Hotel
4236 36th Street East, Edmonton International Airport  T9E 0V4 Canada
wildskiesgallery.com

Free to the public.

Family friendly.

Wheelchair accessible.

Exhibition run:

April 29 – July 24, 2024

Opening reception:

Saturday, May 25, 2024, 6:00 – 8:00 pm

Artist Statement:

In my series, Children of the Apocalypse, I am contemplating the future of our young children growing up surrounded by the degradation of our natural world. How will the places they love to explore as children look when they are grown as a result of the increasing effects of climate change and human interference? What will this do to their well-being?

The figures in the landscapes reflect the simple pleasures of playing in and exploring our environment with the genuine curiosity of a child. They are full of hope and wonder, although alone, wandering the landscapes of un-natural colours.

The images come from photographs of my own children playing outside in the wilderness areas we love. The landscapes are simplified to express the content through colour and composition. These explorations in materiality are in turn an expression of my internal landscape; a mother’s love letter to her children, but also a reaction of fear and uncertainty for their futures.

Artist Bio:

Erin Boake grew up in Red Deer, Alberta, where she attended the Red Deer Polytechnic Fine Art program, and then completed her Bachelor of Fine Art at Alberta University of the Arts in 2003. She has since spent her time seeking creative stimulation through painting, traveling, and teaching.

Erin had the opportunity to teach at the Nunavut Arctic College in Iqaluit, Nunavut, and has been the artist in residence at Red Deer Polytechnic, the Gushul Artist Residency, and will be attending the Ou Artist Residency on Gabriola Island in the summer of 2024.

In 2021, Erin was awarded the Developing Artist Award through the Red Deer Arts Council. Erin has exhibited work and painted murals throughout Alberta, as well as in BC and the North. For the last 6 years, Erin has been the owner and operator of Artribute Art School, where she teaches art classes to children 5-18 yrs. She lives in Red Deer with her husband and two daughters.