What is lost when a mine is brought to life?
Eastern Edge Gallery recently invited me to participate in Fancy Artist Talks as part of their online 24 hr Art Marathon. I previously participated in the Eastern Edge Gallery summer residency and was a headlining artist for the 2018 HOLD FAST Festival.
I put together a 15-minute video (below) on some of the research and artwork I have been sharing on this website. If you haven't read my previous posts on the proposed Grassy Mountain Coal Project, this video offers a short overview, including video footage and some of the artwork I am working on in response to the history, present, and future of coal mining in the Crowsnest Pass in what is colonially named Alberta.
In addition to the video footage, you will also see a new series of 'invisible' drawings I created using milk. The drawings are of plants known to grow on Grassy Mountain and surrounding areas that will be lost if the proposed open-pit coal mine is approved. The process of revealing the drawings using the flame of a candle was documented and the video will presented alongside the drawings in my upcoming exhibition at University of Lethbridge Art Gallery. I will be sharing more about this series in a future post.
Alana Bartol. Plants of Grassy Mountain, 2020. Milk on paper, (17.78 x 25.4 cm)