In this stark time, we are now culturally primed to connect with nature and nurture the fate of the human condition. This fire season marks Fairbank’s 10th year spotting wildfires in Northern Alberta. She has seen wolves and caribou migrate south because of un-relenting Boreal fires, ash falling like rain and lightening start a single tree top flame extinguished by rain five minutes later. More than 1,500 days perched above the trees, metronomes of time swaying gently in the wind, has pressed upon Fairbank the real and quantifiable importance of the individual.
Please consider the ceramic material’s connection to land and commemoration when viewing this work. Clay is the most long lasting archival material we use. Will the plants represented here take over or will these small layered, abstracted personal expressions be the souvenir of a perished plant? Fairbank proposes a compromise: coexistence by attentive interaction. Rather than translating the specific these tiles are meant to be plant-like, expressive, personal and joyful, a reminder that we are not apart from, but a part of nature. A reminder that growth is possible.
Arch of Triumph
Giant Hogweed and Autumn Olive
Hogweed out-competes grasses and other forage species, reducing food sources for wildlife and livestock, and competing with native vegetation for nutrients and light.
Autumn Olive can grow into dense thickets and out-compete native vegetation. It also has nitrogen-fixing roots that can change the nutrient cycle in the soil making it difficult for native species that depend on poor soils to grow.
Low Hanging Fruit: Plum
A thing or person that can be won, obtained, or persuaded with little effort.
$2850 Whole composition
Low Hanging Fruit: Pear
A white tile is placed here to represent absence. A reminder to cherish the plenty as the shift in clime will change this abundance.