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In connection with the exhibition The Power Plant presents a limited edition of nine unique photo prints that artist Sandra Brewster has produced out of her larger site-specific installation, Two photo- and drawing-based gel transfers face each other and transform the Fleck Clerestory into the Essequibo River in Guyana on the east wall and a collage of Canadian and Guyanese forests on the west wall. Through this immersive work, Brewster invites us to foster our sense of belonging and of home through connections to land, histories, and people that our families ingrain in us.
The nine prints focus on details of the Essequibo River. In Brewster uses a brown acrylic wash to evoke the river’s murky colour, which is due to the silt, sediment, and fallen leaves that course through the stream of flowing water. The fogginess of the water appears on the wall with added creases, tears, and textures from the gel transfers. This unpredictable process includes gluing the printed images onto the wall and scrubbing the dried paper so that the ink that adheres reveals the soaring installation. The foggy, agitated waters of the Essequibo River, as well as the gel transfers, illustrate how uncertain and transformative it is to manifest an imagined future by moving from one place to another.
While Brewster’s installation will be sanded down and painted over, its hidden traces and these editions will always imbue The Power Plant’s walls, as well as yours, with Brewster’s artistic manifestation of how vital storytelling and collective acts of remembrance foster the communal ties we hold dear.
From DENSE 3, acrylic, photo-based gel transfer on archival paper, 2022
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