The Drawing Room Salon presents new performance work by Suzi Barlow. Daily from June 3rd to 7th between 12 pm and 1 pm, the artist will inhabit the window of the storefront gallery, engaging the viewer on the street with her presence.
Every day for one week, the artist Suzi Barlow will rest on a moss bed in the front window. The main indication of the body is in the shape and steady breathing. She will also lay out a matching bed of earth on the sidewalk in front of the window, an invitation for others to come and rest. Moss has a rich history as a material; various First Nations groups in Canada utilized it in building shelter, bedding, dressing wounds, etc. Barlow is interested in challenging the boundaries between human and the natural environment, and shifting the construal of ecology from passive to active, even collaborator. The subtle breathing being enveloped in moss lends itself to these ideas.
Suzi Barlow is an emerging artist who recently graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Art and Design at the University of Alberta. Throughout her undergraduate career, Barlow has worked as a full time mountaineering guide each summer in Greenland and the West coast mountain range of Canada. Her experience living and working in such intimacy with the land has a profound affect on her artistic practice. She strives to maintain an inquiry-based practice. Through visuality, Barlow explores the parameters of our relation to ecology, and furthermore, how shifts in this relationship impact identity and social behaviour. She employs printmaking techniques, performance, video and installation in her practice.
Barlow has exhibited in various group shows at the Society of Northern Alberta Print Artists, Timms Center, Rutherford Library, Telus Centre, and Fine Arts Building and the University of Alberta. She looks forward to a residency and exhibition at Museum Kloster Bentlage in Munster, Germany this coming summer.