Exhibit by Edith Krause at Regent College’s Lookout Gallery from September 12 – October 5, 2018.
As Adam was shaped from the dust of the earth, the adamah, so our common human inheritance, our human genome, has been shaped by the earth, our environment, and our experiences. The field of epigenetics explores how stressors, environmental and social, are determinants of our genetic structure, causing genetic mutations that our expressed in our bodies and our beings. By this mechanism, the blessings or sins of our forebears are revisited through the generations.
In juxtaposing images of human tissue sections with landscapes, Adam/Adamah considers this connection between people and the land. Our ties to the earth go beyond familiarity and home, to the reality that we are made of this dust; when this union is violated, through war and other conflicts, the impact is felt “in our bones”.
Perhaps this visceral attachment to place and history can provide insight into the intractability of some conflicts, where each side is so profoundly tied to the land as to preclude empathy.
About the Artist
Edith Krause is primarily a printmaker who learned her craft at Emily Carr Institute of Art & Design (BFA) and the University of Alberta (MFA). Previously, she studied and worked in the fields of marine biology and aquatic ecology at the University of British Columbia (MSc). Her interest in biology has been a major influence on the subject matter of her artwork; her art practice employs scientific methodology to collect images and data.
In 2017, she traveled through the West Bank on a Mennonite Central Committee study tour that met with many Palestinian people and heard many stories of the struggles of the Palestinians trying to hang on to their homes and land.
She currently teaches at the School of Arts, Media and Culture at Trinity Western University, and lives with her husband Henry (a Regent grad) in Langley, B.C.
The opening reception for the exhibition will take place on Wednesday, September 12, 4:30–7:30 pm. All are welcome to join us in the Lookout Gallery for refreshments and a chance to meet the artist. The Adam/Adamah exhibition will run from September 12–October 5, 2018.