Curtis Botham: Effluents
Opening: Wednesday, April 3, 5pm-7pm
Curtis Botham has returned from a one-year artist residency program in New Glasgow. While there, he created a body of large-scale charcoal artworks dealing with industrial Nova Scotia, particularly the coal, lumber and steel industries in Pictou County. The work alludes to the history of these industries on the province, as well as the effects that they have had on surrounding communities. Transition is another key theme, as some works depict abandoned steel foundries, coal mines on the brink of closing, and empty lots for sale as the result of the depopulation of rural Nova Scotia. The work stands as both a critical examination and a memorial to what was once considered the industrial heart of the Maritimes.