November 23 – December 4, 2011
“It is the visual change in the state of things which will reveal their essential reality”. Roy Ascott
Frances Patella explores issues of time, perception and permanence. She questions the conventional idea that a photograph represents just one instant and point of view. Using photographs of the same areas taken at different intervals of time, she integrates them into larger mosaics. Patella photographs prescribed burns of the endangered Oak Savannah environments of Southern Ontario. The burns stimulate the germination of native species. Her work interprets Marshall McLuhan’s term, “all-at-once-ness”, to show growth and change of these ephemeral environments simultaneously.
The photographs will eventually fade, but the painted areas will last much longer. The images will change over time, like the environments themselves.