Having lived most of her life in rural Alberta, artist Sherri Chaba has a strong personal connection to the land and its history, a connection that has been altered by industrial presence on and near her property. This experience is reflected in works that merge the industrial with nature and recycled historical objects. Chaba creates multimedia installations that draw upon modern environmental issues.
As a way of moving beyond the personal, the installation, titled ‘Retreat’, challenges people to share their experiences and reflect on them in a wider context. Viewers are invited to bring their knowledge and vision into the space, in the hope that they will develop a deeper understanding as to where they situate themselves within 21st century dialogues of ecological and societal sustainability.
Chaba’s works are confrontational, ominous and yet sublime. They conquer the spaces they occupy and are both physically and psychologically affective. The environment Chaba creates is immersive in a very literal sense. Woven wire sculptures dominate the space and can be entered. Other forms can be peered into, revealing small scale installation works.
Opening reception and ArtWalk: Thursday, July 3, 6 – 9 pm.