December 6 - December 21, 2018
Thursday, December 6 5:00pm—8:00pm
Whitney Lewis-Smith has become preoccupied with the evolution of humanity’s relationship with the natural world. She draws from the genre of the “impossible bouquet” originating in Dutch Golden Age painting and depicting natural specimens that could not have been found growing in the same place and at the same time. Lewis-Smith constructs Daedalian scenes with what can now be amassed materially, by internet purchase or otherwise, from around the globe. For Biophilia, Whitney focusses on plants and animals greatly affected by human impact, many of which are scheduled for extinction within our lifetimes. By photographing what will again become an impossibility, she asks the viewer to recognize our current time as a passing moment.
As a Canadian photo-based artist, her work combines elaborate set building with historic and contemporary photographic processes as a means to reflect on contemporary topics. She studied Studio Arts at Concordia University focussing in drawing and sculpture. Whitney was awarded a residency at The Museum of Natural History in Puebla, Mexico where she worked with specimens that became a catalyst for her work discussing consumerism and humanity’s relationship with the environment. In 2018 she completed the largest Heliogravure photographic copper etching to date. Lewis-Smith is the studio and darkroom instructor at The School Of Photographic Arts Ottawa’s college program. Her work has been acquired by collectors in Canada and abroad including Sophie and Justin Trudeau, SUMMA Art Fair Madrid, Global Affairs Canada, and The Beaverbrook Art Gallery.
6 Décembre — 21 Décembre 2018
Jeudi, 6 Décembre 2018, 17h00—20h00
(613) 789 7145
293 Dalhousie, Suite 103
Ottawa, ON K1N 7E5.