Amalie Atkins, where the hour floats installation shot. Photograph Credit: Don Hall Photography
Amalie Atkins: where the hour floats
September 27 - November 22, 2019
Reception and talk: September 27, from 7 pm - 9 pm
where the hour floats presents the first Regina exhibition focused upon the photography of artist Amalie Atkins. Atkins’ alluringly anachronistic photographs, short films, and fabric sculpture offer insights into the bonds — at times tender and at others antagonistic — between women and the social rituals that provide this connection. Inspired by tales spun by the Mennonite matriarchs of her childhood, Atkins casts relatives and friends in tableaus that subject the occurrences of daily life to the cockeyed logic of the folk tale. Scenes from her photographs include: a mother and daughter in matching yellow pinafores hanging skeins of braided hair on a laundry line; a pair of elderly sisters clad in the uniform of their childhoods gingerly embracing, tilting their identically short-cropped heads of silver hair toward each other and a dark figure stalking the forest.
where the hour floats, which takes its title from a poem penned by Winnipeg-born poet Jennifer Still, is anchored by a makeshift fort constructed from willow branches and an assortment of aprons, the sort of transformation children at-play would enact. Viewers can learn more about the characters stilled in the photographs along the walls from a fantastical narrative in Atkins’ signature Prairie Gothic style projected on the nearby wall.
Amalie Atkins is a multidisciplinary story teller whose work hopscotches from filmmaking to fabric-based sculpture and photography to performance. Atkins trained at ACAD and lives and works in Saskatoon. She has received the support of numerous grants and awards from Canada Council for the Arts, Saskatchewan Arts Board and Saskatchewan Film Pool. Atkins has been twice Sobey Art Award long listed and her work has been collected by public institutions, corporate collections and by private collectors in Canada, USA and Europe.
A version of this exhibition was originally exhibited at the Evergreen Cultural Centre (Coquitlam B.C), and was curated by Katherine Dennis. We would like to acknowledge their assistance in bringing this exhibition to the Art Gallery of Regina.
The Art Gallery of Regina's presentation of this exhibition was organized by Sandee Moore.