Forgetting Fields was a 2022 exhibition of my work at VIVIVANEART that included collaborative works with artist Bryce Krynski. Click each image to learn more about the individual artworks. Works available for purchase at VIVIANEART.
"VIVIANEART is pleased to present “Forgetting Fields” an exhibition of new works by Bartol in collaboration with artist, Bryce Krynski. Krynski brings a strength in video work and photography to the creation of the exhibition’s central piece, all roses sleep (inviolate light), an olfactory video and accompanying still images. Shot using ultraviolet video, visitors are invited to see the prairie landscape from a bee’s point of view and a scratch and sniff card expands on the pleasant and pungent experience of pumpjacks, grazing cattle, prairie grasses and wildflowers. As the solitary bee searches and dreams of a rose, the work is meant to conjure questions about our shared future.
An additional video work, Forgetting Fields II, and drawing series, Forgetting Fields I, further Bartol’s conversation, punctuating her exploration of our footprint as beings and consumers of the land. In these process-based works, fire, and water become active collaborators through their use in both the creation and dissolution of imagery. In Forgetting Fields I, native prairie grassland plants of Alberta are painted using cow’s milk. Initially invisible, the images are carefully revealed using the flame of a candle. In Forgetting Fields II, drawings of plants dissolve in water. The water destroys each image in unpredictable ways. Many of the drawings re-form as if by magic, speaking to a process of restoration, natural cycles of renewal and growth, and the intelligence of plants." -VIVIANEART
Photos: Kelly Hofer/Courtesy of VIVIANEART