Brenda Kim Christiansen
The Premise of Nature
March 10 - 27, 2012
Saturday, March 10 from 2 - 4 pm for the opening reception.
Artist in attendance.
The changing landscape of Alberta serves as source material for Brenda Christiansen’s paintings. Turning to settings that are often overlooked, the works are not mimetic representations, but echoes of areas where human presence and the pastoral have collided. They explore the shifting relationship between persons and the landscape within the parameters of contemporary Canadian culture. Past series have referenced Fort McMurray, gas exploration along the Forestry Trunk Road, trail erosion in Jasper National Park and the disruption caused by pipelines near Redwater, Alberta.
Christiansen received a MFA from the University of Alberta in 2008 and a BFA from Nova Scotia College of Art and Design in 2004, with a Major in Fine Arts and a Minor in Art History. She maintains a studio practice alongside teaching painting as a contract instructor for the University of Alberta and Grant MacEwan University continuing education program. She also works as a lead artist at Nina Haggerty Centre for the Arts, facilitating artistic practice for adults with developmental disabilities.