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ARTIST HEADED TO THE WINDOW – ‘The Necessities of Wilderness’ is an example of Amber Church’s work. She will be this week’s Yukon Artists @ Work’s artist in the window.

Mixed media works display complexities around landscape

Amber Church will be creating a body of large-scale works from a two-week canoe trip on the Hart River watershed in the window at the Yukon Artists @ Work gallery this week.

By Whitehorse Star on July 28, 2020

Amber Church will be creating a body of large-scale works from a two-week canoe trip on the Hart River watershed in the window at the Yukon Artists @ Work gallery this week.

Church is one of two guest artists, not currently members of YA@W, who will showcase their work in the not-for-profit gallery’s windows.

“Because Arts in the Park has helped support our summer program, we wanted to open up two of the slots to the wider art community,” Yukon Artists @ Work said.

“Amber Church is one of many artists who have spent time as members of the Yukon Artists @ Work in the past. We’re delighted to be able to showcase her work again.”

Church will display her photography and artist notebook from her recent Hart River trip, which she will be using as references to create her works.

Her artworks combine art, science and policy; often incorporating scientific data and research directly into the work to help tell the stories of the work.

Each mixed media piece in the series is made up of deeply layered ink and watercolour works sometimes augmented with polymer clay or resin to bring the work beyond the 2D space and into the viewer’s space to engage the viewer from different angles and to break through the natural barrier between the work and outside world.

Since the birth of her daughter three years ago, her family has been traversing Canada.

While stunned by the beauty of the landscapes they have enjoyed, Church notes that “the stunning natural beauty and ecological importance of these regions exists in parallel with the imminent threats putting so many of these areas at severe risk.”

Her pieces “bring the darker side of these iconic landscapes into the limelight, depicting logging practices in Haida Gwaii, glacier recession in the Rockies, fish stocks in Newfoundland, or legal battles for protection here at home in the Yukon,” Yukon Artists @ Work said.

Church will be demonstrating in the Yukon Artists @ Work on Fourth Avenue window from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesday through Friday.

You can also register for a Zoom artist talk with her at 6:30 p.m. Thursday. Drop by YA@W, call 393-4848 or email yaaw@artlover.com to register.

Her work will be featured in the window until Aug. 3.

During the first week of August, Dee Bailey will be demonstrating her polymer clay art in the window, followed by Marty Ritchie with relief printmaking.

The Artists in the Window series continues until Sept. 4.

YA@W will be broadcasting Arts in the Park performances at noon hours at YA@W Tuesday to Friday.

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