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The University of Manitoba campuses are located on original lands of Anishinaabeg, Cree, Oji-Cree, Dakota, and Dene peoples, and on the homeland of the M├ętis Nation. More

The New Miasma

Artwork Gallery

installation of photographic images on live edge wood supports, suspended in a forest
installation of photographic images on live edge wood supports, suspended in a forest
installation of photographic images on live edge wood supports, suspended in a forest
installation of photographic images on live edge wood supports, suspended in a forest
installation of photographic images on live edge wood supports, suspended in a forest
installation of photographic images on live edge wood supports, suspended in a forest
installation of photographic images on live edge wood supports, suspended in a forest

Artist Statement

Artist Name: Aoife Ryan

Title: Hanging in the Balance

Medium: Installation

Year: 2020

 

Artist Statement:

“[P]ositioned in the interstices of two different worlds.... (Jeremy Davies), everything is hanging in the balance. I tried to reflect this sense of suspension in my piece.
 

A massive tree stands strong yet vulnerable. Beneath its unearthed roots lies an otherworldly, womb-like cavern. Four photographs capture someone approaching, entering, and lying beneath the roots. The cave represents a space between worlds and an invitation to reconnect with the earth.
 

I developed the film sustainably using a combination of vitamin C, instant coffee, and washing powder in consideration of the earth. In transferring the images onto wood and photographing them outside, the photograph within a photograph depicts a world within a world, a mirror within a mirror and an invitation to look again.