This March Gladstone exhibitions intern Laura Warren-Causton curates her first exhibition, Intimate Immensity: Spaces We Inhabit, which presents the work of four Alberta-based artists, each of whom reveals a significant aspect about how we occupy and experience space, both physically and psychologically.
Below is her interview with one of the featured artists, Jennifer Poburan
Laura Warren-Causton Since graduating with a BFA from the University of Alberta, how have you seen your work change and evolve?
Jennifer Poburan Since my days as an undergraduate BFA student, I cannot say that it has been easy to maintain an active studio practice. As a student, there is constant motivation to create work, contemplate ideas, and debate directives. Emerging on my own outside of that atmosphere has pushed me into new ways of thinking and doing. I will say my work has evolved in a contemplative sense, in which I think more about the “why?” I am making my work in the way I am. This has caused a visible change in approaches to the canvas. I have slowed many of my marks which in turn has created a delicate, whimsical, and translucent feeling to my work.
L.W.C How does (or does) living in Alberta shape the work you make? How do you interpret the themes of Intimate Immensity?
J.P Looking to either vast or intimate spaces in our environment, there is continual movement. Nothing stands still, even if change seems slow, it is always occurring. My work has developed into a study and reflection around the idea of natural change. I am now representing these ideas on a smaller scale by observing delicate movements such as roots growing through soil, seeds spreading through the wind, and earth stretching and breathing with our seasonal freeze and thaw. Initially, my work examined larger man-made changes that were and still are occurring at my family farm. However now as my focus is evolving; I am drawn to the smaller, more intimate shifts in this area. I am eager to further my explorations this spring by examining the intimate changes that occur each season on my farm that in the past I have been unaware of. Through my process off adding and taking away I aim to develop a portfolio that reflects this movement.