Exhibition: January 7th – 11th
Reception: January 10th, 6pm – 9pm
Kima Lenaghan is an illustrator and fine artist interested in forming narratives from varied fields of research including consciousness, ethics, and environmentalism. Terra Recognita is a collection of her recent work, to be displayed in the 2nd floor Hallway Gallery as recipient of the 2018 Artscape Award for Best of Student at the Toronto Outdoor Art Fair.
While humankind tames the old beasts of famine, disease, and war, its concern for the biosphere is a fragile contender. The natural world becomes ash in the fires of progress if our species remains preoccupied with mortality at the expense of preservation. When our collective conscience cultivates a narrow focus, we repeatedly reach an ethical crux that favours our species over others. This necessary evil is the precursor for many consequences; the contemporary anthropocene is characterized by accelerated climate change and Earth’s sixth mass extinction. As we exist in the midst of gradual environmental loss, we are given time to transcend this ethos and remedy our relationship with the planet, or collect the fragments to one day start anew.
Years from now, as the natural world wilts and humankind finds a sense of incompleteness in its absence, a migration takes place to preserve what Earth had lost. Terra Recognita, loosely translated as ‘land known again’, is a reincarnation of Earth and its denizens. It is a collection of work depicting scenes and falsified documents that seek the changes in behaviours, technologies, and minds that may be necessary for humankind to form a lasting and symbiotic relationship with the planet.