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Dante Bresolin: Remembering Fire (prescribed burn)

November 4, 2022 - January 27, 2023

Dry Goods Gallery, 1012 Drouillard Road, Ford City

Remembering Fire (prescribed burn) explores fire as a source of renewal. This work is inspired by Black Oak Savannah, a rare ecosystem found in the Windsor-Essex Region. Fire is what allows the grassland and forest to coexist. Before the land was managed, fire occurred naturally ignited by lightning. Now, in order to preserve the ecosystem, burning is planned and controlled. 

The centre of the installation is a snake made of leaves, wood, and other collected materials. In myths and stories across many cultures’ snakes represent renewal. Drawings on the wall of rare and endangered plants are made in charcoal. The plant species precarity is underlined by representing them in charcoal, a material made with fire. 

The snake rests on a patchwork of fabrics that evoke the way land is controlled and divided. The smooth transitions of material in the snake contrast the graphic lines of patchwork. Found fabrics are used along with pieces dyed using local plants. The patches represent the farmlands of Essex County, and the boundaries imposed on the land. In remembering the role of fire, we are asked to imagine the land before settler farming.

Meet the Artist: Dante Bresolin

Dante Bresolin (they/them) is an emerging multimedia artist based in Windsor, Ontario. They completed a Bachelor of Science in Integrative Biology at the University of Windsor, during which they contributed artwork and held a leadership role for Science Meets Art, a student-led initiative. Their experience in science lends accuracy to their art, which explores science topics and depicts local ecosystems.

About the AWE Emerging Artist in Residency

The AWE Emerging Artist Residency is a paid opportunity for early-career artists in Windsor-Essex who want to learn, grow, develop, and show their art while engaging with the public in a series of community programs.

In addition to creating new works of art in the AWE Education Studio, the artist will create digital content and install an off-site window solo exhibition at the Dry Goods Gallery, at 1012 Drouillard Road, in Ford City.

This program is generously sponsored by the Windsor-Essex Community Foundation.

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