Imagine a waterfall as you have never seen it before. During the rush of time and water, a singular, contemplative moment is captured through the use of a telephoto lens and paint. Artist Laura Millard brings these large-scale photographs to Stouffville in the solo exhibition entitled Meltwater. This captured meltwater from the Columbia Icefields addresses the alarming rate at which glaciers are receding while inspiring the viewer to experience a split second within it.
The Latcham Gallery becomes an entirely new environment with veils of water droplets falling in light, becoming their own prisms against rock beds. Millard magnifies different moments within the waterfall with a camera and then spends much time considering and altering these images. Months of careful over painting lead to an intriguing dialogue between, artist, artwork, and viewer. Meltwater considers what the lens sees, what digital manipulation allows, and the colours that can be explored in material pigments.
Laura Millard's work has been exhibited in artist-run, commercial and public galleries across Canada including the Glenbow Museum, the Art Gallery of Hamilton, the Art Gallery of Windsor, La Centrale, the Edmonton Art Gallery and the Kenderdine Gallery. Her most recent show was at WhereWhere Gallery in Beijing. An artist, writer and educator, Laura Millard is an Associate Professor at OCAD University and has taught at the Alberta College of Art and Design, Concordia University, Georgian College, and at NSCAD University. Millard has published essays on both contemporary and historical artists and has lectured on her work at numerous galleries and schools across the country including the Banff Centre, the University of Waterloo, the University of Victoria, the University of Western Ontario, NSCAD University, the Mendel Art Gallery and the Art Gallery of Ontario.
This exhibition is generously supported by the Ontario Arts Council and the Town of Whitchurch-Stouffville.