Natalie Hunter considers the close relationship between place and memory in Pieces of Light—An Appendix, which is based on her eight-month exploration of Bridgeport, a historic village within Kitchener, Ontario. The photographs in this exhibition come from the same series as Hunter’s public artwork Pieces of Light, which was unveiled Saturday, June 10, 2017, at the Bridgeport Community Centre (20 Tyson Drive, Kitchener).
Hunter’s unconventional process yields images that undermine our notions of photographs as captured moments in time. The artist uses 120mm film, multiple exposures, collage, a light box, and digital imaging to make ghostly traces of trees and other elements that recur where they are not expected. Colour filters bring the banks of the Grand River and nearby infrastructure into otherworldly focus. Hunter’s work prompts us to think about how picturesque landscapes are captured by the camera, and how they linger in our minds.
Pieces of Light was commissioned by the City of Kitchener as part of its Public Art Program.
Natalie Hunter grew up in Hamilton, Ontario. She holds an MFA from the University of Waterloo, and a BA in Visual Art with a Concentration in Curatorial Studies from Brock University. She has shown her work at numerous galleries and institutions in Canada and the United States, including the Hamilton Supercrawl, the Art Gallery of Hamilton Design Annex, University of Waterloo Art Gallery, Thames Art Gallery, Rodman Hall Arts Centre, Mississauga Living Arts Centre, Hopkins Centre For the Arts at Dartmouth College, the Art Gallery of Windsor, Centre 3 for Print and Media Arts, and Museum London. She is a sessional instructor in the Department of Fine Arts at the University of Waterloo.