Artwork > Processes of Remediation at Campbell River Art Gallery

The third presentation of Processes of Remediation: art, relationships, nature at Campbell River Art Gallery, March 23 - July 13, 2024, curated by Jenelle Pasiechnik. Processes of Remediation is a multi-site, ongoing project by artist Alana Bartol that engages the past, present, and possible future of coal mining in Crowsnest Pass, Alberta, and for this iteration, North Vancouver Island. Two new works, the video Toil and Trouble (2024) and a participatory work canary awaiting resuscitation seed mix respond to the history of mining and present-day concerns about the Quinsam coal mine located near Campbell River, BC, on the unceded territory of the Ligwiłda'xw people, the We Wai Kai, Wei Wai Kum, and Kwiakah First Nations. In addition, four window galleries and the installation Rotten Pot in the lobby integrate local invasive species and objects once worn by mining mules from the Cumberland Museum & Archives. The site-responsive artworks include drawing, video, sculpture, participatory art, and installation.

With this iteration, Bartol has expanded the project to examine mining practices and the environmental consequences of mining operations near Campbell River, BC - specifically focussing on the site of the Quinsam Coal Mine. Processes of Remediation: art, relationships, nature examines the impacts of coal mining on wildlife, watersheds, ecosystems, and plants. While many of the artworks centre around the Crowsnest Pass in Southern Alberta, they take on new meaning and relevance in relation to mining practices in the Strathcona Regional District. This multi-part project was extended to Vancouver Island in the summer of 2023 with a research and land-based residency. Traditional Knowledge Keepers Cory Cliffe (Wei Wai Kum First Nation) and Vanessa Sharkey (Swampy Cree First Nation) have generously shared teachings about Indigenous plants and their properties. That consultation work will continue during the exhibition and inform its programming.

-Jenelle Pasiechnik

All photos by Bluetree Photography, courtesy of Campbell River Art Gallery.

Hag's Taper
HD, 3:07
2020
canaries awaiting resuscitation
heated milk on paper, milk and charcoal on paper
17.78 x 25.4 cm
Canary Resuscitator Cage
from the Western Canadian History Department of the Royal Alberta Museum
30.48 cm l x 10.16 cm w x 25.4 cm h
canary awaiting resuscitation seed mix
wood, paint, cores, seed packets (participatory artwork)
2024
To Dig Holes and Pierce Mountains (Coal Chute rubbings)
charcoal on vellum
various, longest 60.96 x 243.84 cm
2020
Plants of Grassy Mountain, installation view
milk and charcoal on paper (this image)
36 drawings, 17.78 x 25.4 cm, 64 drawings total and video, 47:34
Plants of Grassy Mountain
Drawings and video
Plants of Grassy Mountain
heated milk on paper (this image)
36 drawings, 17.78 x 25.4 cm, 64 drawings total and video, 47:34
2020
Mine Mules, Installation View, Window Gallery, Campbell River Art Gallery
Drawings, mining mule headlamp band, scotch broom
Mine Mules
drawings: heated milk on paper and milk and charcoal on paper
22.86 x 30.48 cm
Mining Mule headlamp (with no lightbulb)
On loan from the Cumberland Museum & Archives
Mining Mules, Window Gallery, Campbell River Art Gallery
Drawings, mining mule shoe, burlap, scotch broom
mule shoe on loan from Cumberland Museum & Archives
2024
Mine Mules
drawings: heated milk on paper and milk and charcoal on paper
22.86 x 30.48 cm
Mining Mule Shoe
On loan from the Cumberland Museum & Archives
Grassy Mountain Rubbing #1
Charcoal on vellum, scotch broom
73.66 x 45.72 cm
2024
Grassy Mountain Rubbing #1
charcoal on vellum
73.66 x 45.72 cm
2020
Disturbed Sight
Wormwood and cotton string
2024
Rotten Pot, Installation at Campbell River Art Gallery
copper cauldron, wood, metal fittings, coal, rocks, invasive species (scotch broom, yellow flag iris, tansy, wormwood), rope