Artist in Residence - Dana Cromie

Remnants: A Visual Survey of Human Progress - an exhibit by Artist In Residence Dana Cromie is on now at the Beaty Biodiversity Museum.
January 31-April 20, 2014

This series of portraits is Cromie's reaction to the ongoing reduction by human activity of natural habitat. Built using the small pieces of the contemporary viewing pane, these collage quilts pay homage to traditional home economics and to the Arts and Crafts movement of the late 19th century. The vertical format reflects the traditional portrait proportions of influential individuals. The repeated use of small pieces relates to how we build our impression of the world without experiencing it.

Twenty-six original drawings have been letterpress printed, hand cut into 1,500 pieces and glued into five portraits. The sources for the nature drawings are mostly archival, some from the internet, some from the cabinets of the Beaty Biodiversity Museum, and a few from nature. What is always missing is context. The design of the man-made elements in the style of traditional wallpaper is Cromie's response to the appropriation of ‘Green’ currently utilized to promote everything from gasoline to urban towers. Humans are absent in the portraits because as individuals we do not see our relationship to the changes in the environment.

Talks and Tours

Talk & Tour with Dana Cromie 
Saturday, February 8 | Wednesday, March 19 | Saturday, March 22
1:00 p.m., 1:30 p.m., 2:00 p.m., and 2:30 p.m.
Meet at the exhibition entry, under the blue whale’s tail 

Join Dana Cromie for a talk and tour of Remnants: A Visual Survey of Human Progress. Learn about the artwork, tour the exhibition, and chat with the artist. 

Meet the Artist 
Sunday, March 2 | Sunday, April 6
12:30 – 2:30 p.m. 

Stop by for a chance to meet and chat with Dana Cromie, UBC Botanical Garden Artist in Residence 2012-2014 and the artist behind Remnants: A Visual Survey of Human Progress.

Visit the Beaty Biodiversity Museum website for more information about this special exhibit. 


About the Artist In Residence Program

The Artist in Residence program at UBC Botanical Garden allows an artist to develop a long-term relationship with the Garden through artwork inspired by plants in our collections and picturesque grounds.

This new program opens another gate at the Garden for community engagement, through exhibits, talks, and artists’ activities, both within the Garden and in the community.

This year, we welcome Dana Cromie as Artist in Residence. "I have been inspired by plants all my life: to study, to collect, to grow, and to share. For many years, my volunteer work at the Garden has given me the opportunity to share this passion, particularly as a guide. As well, I have painted all my life, mostly plants. Over the last two years, botanical watercolour has been an exciting focus for me.

I am honored to be the Garden's first Artist in Residence. I look forward to portraying plants in the Garden collections and creating a link between local botanical artists and the broader garden and art communities, adding a new facet to this UBC jewel."

UBC Botanical Garden Director Patrick Lewis adds, “On top of being a talented water colour artist, Dana has been an active Friend of the Garden volunteer since 2001. I am looking forward to seeing how he expresses his unique relationship and knowledge of our collections through his art.”

During his two year residency, an exhibit of Dana’s work wil be held at the Beaty Museum, as well display his most current work in the Campbell Building at the Garden, and offer cards and prints for sale in the Shop in the Garden.

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