By Rachel Bacon – MA Drawing Alumni,
The Art for the Environment International Artist Residency Programme (AER) was launched in 2015 by member of the UAL Research Centre for Sustainable Fashion (CSF) and UAL Chair of Art and the Environment Professor Lucy Orta and coordinated by CSF Associate Curator Camilla Palestra.
AER 2017 Residency Report – BANFF Centre
Two things stand out for me looking back at the six weeks I spent in BANFF Centre in Alberta, Canada. The mountains in stillness, and the mountains in motion. They seem to exist in two worlds. On the one hand they are impressively old. Hundreds of millions of years old, made up of four major layers of sediments deposited on the sea floor then pushed up through the massive movements of plate tectonics. The layers of sediments and ancient organisms are visible to the eye, in places looking like frozen waves. On the other hand, taking a hike through the forest or along the edge of a glacier, it becomes immediately evident that they are also falling apart in front of your eyes; chunks of rock splitting, shattering and tumbling down the steep slopes, tiny pebbles, grains of sand and huge boulders being eroded, split and shed. They are in constant movement. This sense of extreme violence unfolding in extreme slow-motion collapses a sense of time and space together, bridging the ancient and the immediate, the concrete and the inconceivable, binding them together in one moment and place.