Christine Fitzgerald | Last Light
Exhibition runs October 28 to December 23, 2022
Public Reception: November 10, 2022 6:30 to 8 pm
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When [blue] sinks almost to black,
it echoes a grief that is hardly human.
Last Light is a haunting new series resulting from Christine Fitzgerald’s visual inquiry along the St. Lawrence River, as she engages with 19th century discourses of natural history specimen collecting and in-progress environmental stewardship to protect vulnerable coastal places and species. Her work is centered on the exploration of our relationship with the natural world with underlying themes of time, precarity, and loss, and the role that photography plays in shaping human experience with these universal aspects of life.
Many of Fitzgerald’s images are formed from her meticulous resuscitation and mastery of obsolete photographic techniques merged with modern digital technology. Fitzgerald experiments with the colour blue to express how we are all connected to the health of the planet. Some images have a hint of blue while others are cloaked in deep blue twilight referencing the diminishing capacity for completely dark night sky in the face of human industry and climate change. Ultimately, Fitzgerald’s use of blue is an elegy to our present moment – caught between the “deep” time of life on Earth, and the advancing effects of the Anthropocene age.
The artist acknowledges support for this work from the Ontario Arts Council and the Canada Council for the Arts.