Patrice Carmichael is a visual artist working across multiple media. Her practice begins with a photographic narrative, exploring quiet, wild landscapes. She considers the species and people before taking her practice to painting. Her images redefine nature in her own realities of colour and shape. Patrice's current work explores these questions: How do we cope with such rapid change in our environment? How do we absorb spatial and social vulnerabilities, and what effect does it have on us? In 2014 and 2015, Patrice travelled with Parks Canada's "Art in the Park" program to Ivvavik in the Western Arctic, a rare opportunity to experience a protected area. In her third journey to Nunavut in 2017, somewhere between Baffin Island and the Lancaster Sound, she camped out on the frozen ocean for a few weeks to meet the area’s mythical whale pods.
In recent works, my photographic practice layers two images. The images are taken on the same day while exploring the edge of the arctic ice cap. A moment with a narwhal, a few hours regarding a young polar bear, and—most enchanting and hopeful—the discovery of jellyfish in extreme temperatures. I layer these with the often vacant landscape and hope to evoke the appreciation and responsibility I feel for this space. I aim to create a more poster-like image of a story we should remember.
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