Arts & Culture

Meet the 2021 Branscombe House Artist-in-Residence

By Richmond Sentinel

Published 4:30 PST, Wed February 3, 2021

Last Updated: 12:08 PST, Thu February 18, 2021

Environmentalists and art lovers alike are invited to meet Rachel Rozanski, the sixth annual Branscombe House Artist-in-Residence, at a live online event on Feb. 11 from 7 to 8:30 p.m.

At this virtual "launch party", Rozanski will describe her creative practice and plans for her upcoming residency, which will include an exploration of Richmond's islands by water. She will examine the evolution of these landforms, reshaped many times over, including the unique ecosystems that now exist on them. The talk will be followed by a Q&A session.

Rachel Rozanski is a Canadian artist whose interdisciplinary works explore biological, geological and material transformations appearing as we enter the Anthropocene; the epoch or time where human activity has noticeably impacted the planet’s climate and ecosystem. She holds a Master’s Degree of Fine Arts from Ryerson University in Documentary Media, and has previously studied at Emily Carr University, Capilano University and Langara College. Rozanski has exhibited across Canada and internationally, showing interdisciplinary works that explore scientific concepts focusing on environmental timelines. Through residency projects in the Yukon, Northwest Territories, Nunavut and Iceland, she has collaborated with researchers and been inspired by the study of land change, pollutants and adaptations and extinctions.

Rozanski began her 11-month residency in January and has plans to engage the community throughout the year ahead. She is seeking collaboration from community members that have personal connections or knowledge of local island geographies. Free public programs will be offered virtually, outdoors and in-person, designed and dependent upon current health orders and protocols in effect.

The Branscombe House Artist Residency takes place in a restored Edwardian-style house in the residential area of historic Steveston. Branscombe House is located at 4900 Steveston Highway and is one of the earliest homes built in the area. Details about the current residency can be found at www.richmond.ca/branscomberesidency.

To register for this event, RSVP in advance by emailing culture@richmond.ca.

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