2020 Grad Show

Kyla Heatherington

AUArts Grad Show KH

Painting

www.thebasementyyc.com/

The central concept of my practice is working to understand various interpretations of place and one’s own sense of place. I am interested in the impact that surrounding environments have on our lives and the connections that are made as a result. My work challenges the perceptions made in response to particular landscapes, as well as using liminal space to symbolize the psychological distancing that can manifest within these spaces. It is about connecting mental space to the representation of a physical space in order to communicate their interrelationship, in response to my own experiences.

Thresh/ome

"Thresh/ome" is a screen printed artist book that speaks to the travelling between two places that represent 'home'. The title "Thresh/ome" is the combining of the words "home" and "threshold" and is self-defined as: 'traversing between two living places'. It is a personal account exploring a headspace that occurs when travelling between these two places, focusing not only on the final destinations but also the self-realization along the journey.

Transition

"Transition" is a 12 page screen printed photo book. It is compiled of photographs that reflect transient spaces, and have been bound together in this portable art object to reflect that relationship.

Lim/e/inal

"Lim/e/inal" is a screen printed artist book that depicts and questions the various locations in which the infamous Lime scooters were left throughout Calgary in the Fall of 2019. "Lim/e/inal" is a play on words, combining "Lime" and "Liminal". Liminal referring to the liminal space in which many of these devices are abandoned, raising more questions than answers in regards to the functionality of their drop off location.

Untitled

"Untitled" is a small series of works that accompanies the expression "A House is not a Home". It places the imagery of a home back within a landscape, and is intended to express the idea or feeling of home that can be placed upon unconventional spaces, regardless of their 'home' like qualities.

Manuf/r/acutured

"Manuf/r/actured" is an interactive piece that was designed to challenge viewers interpretation of place. Hidden behind the frosted mylar the landscape appears as a single photograph, however it is upon the lifting of this veil that it is revealed that the image below is not a single location but instead is a variety of images from various parts of the world spliced together to create a single landscape. This work was created to answer the question "is it necessary to know the location of a landscape in order to make connections to it?".

Spatial Specific: Central Memorial Park

"Spatial Specific" is a series of screen printed photo books that are compiled of photographs captured within a specific geographical space. This particular book focuses on the Central Memorial Park in Calgary, AB. It includes 5 screen printed images captured within that space, and is intended to draw attention to elements that are both vague and yet specific to that location.

Spatial Specific: Beltline // Courthouse Park

"Spatial Specific" is a series of screen printed photo books that are compiled of photographs captured within a specific geographical space. This particular book focuses on the Beltline area and Courthouse Park in Calgary, AB. It includes 5 screen printed images captured within that space, and is intended to draw attention to elements that are both vague and yet specific to that location.

Shelter

“Shelter” is an installation consisting of six 56”x12” Acrylic Skins, and an Audio-Visual Projection. “Shelter” is the transforming of a particular space into another, while keeping the subject matter vague to allow viewers to make their own connections to it. It is an exploration into the constructing of a specific environment and ensuring that the work does not cater to any particular experience but is instead authentic to the original location. Simply moving the environment opposed to recreating it.