March 6, 2021 — April 12, 2021
Program Fee: FREE
The celestial expanses of our universe have entranced humankind for millennia, alongside the profound complexities of biodiversity here on planet Earth. Curiosity has continuously fuelled a desire to understand the mysteries of life and our place in the cosmos. Over the centuries, exploration and investigation has brought forward many advances in science, mathematics, art and philosophy. Even with the knowledge we as a species have gathered, there is still much we cannot comprehend. It is here, within the context of a shared universal mystery, that this exhibition situates itself.
Between the Cosmos is a solo exhibition of 16 artworks by photographer and mixed media artist Rocio Graham. In this exhibition, Graham merges the natural magic of native-Alberta seeds with that of cyanotype paper to create her very own galaxies and star systems for the audience to gaze upon. With a keen eye for detail, respect for the unexpected, and a determination to bring her artistic vision to life, Graham has generated a unique series of works that spark creativity and curiosity about the unknown.
As we navigate an extremely transitory world—we must adapt to accommodate new discoveries that challenge established facts and theories—Between the Cosmos invites audiences to become comfortable in curiosity, over fear of the unfamiliar. Whether we are gazing into a vast prairie night sky or planting a small seed and watching it grow, there comes an acknowledgment that the absolutes of science cannot yet provide a complete explanation of the cosmos or the microcosms of Earth. The mysteries of the cosmos have much still to reveal.
Rocio Graham: Biography
Rocio Graham calls Calgary home. She emigrated to Canada from Mexico in 2002. Graham completed the Fine Arts Certificate Program at Emily Carr University of Art and Design in 2010, and she studied at the Alberta University of the Arts where she obtained a bachelor of design in photography in 2017.
Arriving at the intersection between art and science, her art practice is influenced by her cultural heritage, experiences as a woman and trauma survivor, interest in life cycles, and knowledge of botany. She explores the landscape from a body engagement perspective where labour, mysticism, science and temporality merge.
As a student, Graham was selected in 2017 as a finalist for the Photographer Award X in the Australian magazine, Womankind. She has been nominated for the BMO 1st Art! invitational competition and has received various scholarships and grants. Graham co-founded Blindspot, an annual juried photography exhibition at Exposure: Alberta’s Photography Festival. Graham is currently a peer residency coordinator for the Alberta University of the Arts Student’ Association (AUArts SA), Hear/d Residency, and she serves as a board director for the Elephant Artist Relief Society as well as SEITIES (a publication and gallery for contemporary analogue photographers).
In August 2020, Graham was selected as part of the inaugural Exposure Studio collective where she secured a mentorship with UK photographer Natasha Caruana. Graham's artworks have been acquired by a number of notable collectors including Saks Fifth Avenue and the Fairmont Banff Springs hotel. Graham is represented by Christine Klassen Gallery.
What is TREX?
Since 1980, the Alberta Foundation for the Arts has supported a provincial Travelling Exhibition (TREX) Program. The TREX program strives to ensure every Albertan is provided with an opportunity to enjoy fully developed exhibitions. The TREX program assists in making both the AFA’s extensive art collection and the artwork of contemporary Alberta artists available to Albertans.