Ethics of the Dust
“ Sometimes I wish I could just photosynthesize so that just by being, just by shimmering at the meadow’s edge or floating lazily on a pond, I could be doing the work of the world while standing silent in the sun.” -
The sweetness of a simple life, was our dream in the beginning, to move into a landscape and make it our own. 8 years later, the landscape has claimed us as it’s own. The trees, soil, water, seeds, plants and wind have been so kind to continually teach their mindfulness. Attention is a form of reciprocity and this body of work strives to capture the liminal space of that journey. Always discovering and never quite knowing, these paintings stand at the threshold between previous knowing and unknown resolve. My mixed media artworks and installations contest the division between the realm of memory and experience exploring humankind’s role as part of or apart from the natural world. This work results from an organic, collaborative process involving the interdependency and co-creation of objects with the biological landscape itself.
Multidisciplinary artist and educator, Monique Blom (BFA, MEd) lives and works in the wild woods of Saskatchewan, Canada. Her practice includes chopping wood, building ponds and creating edges. Being on the edge has always been a defining feature of Monique. Edge of the prairies, edge of the boreal forest, edge of some societies, and firmly centered in others. Centre of her children’s world, edge of the chickens except when she has grain and edge of the mighty river she lives beside. Edgy woman, making people nervous with her axe.