Congratulations to Professor April Hickox
on receiving an Ontario Arts Council: Senior Artist Grant!
This funding will help support the continuation of April’s series Invasive Species. Following is an excerpt from her artist statement:
“Human intervention within a natural landscape is a central theme of my work. Through photography, I begin to examines issues of site and place as linked to the constructed landscape and its various uses. This latest body of work is inspired by lifelong connection to Toronto Island and its immediate environment. Like most urban parks, the Toronto Island Park, has been constructed over time as a stylized wilderness environment for the public. Here, as elsewhere, there has been a movement away from formal parks towards more naturalized landscapes which allow for pockets of “urban wilderness.” As the population of Toronto grows, and the waterfront becomes home to a large community of people, the Island Park is being used in different (and sometimes more intense ways). This work documents the traces and interactions of park users −abandoned objects and remnants, ranging from a hammock suspended over a lagoon to Christmas trees hung from a linden tree.”