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In Vivo – Invited Guest Artists

Ying-Yueh Chuang — Meet

In Vivo – Invited Guest Artists

Rosemary Burden / Debbie Westergaard Tuepah — Raft

We are connected by a mutual use of materials as a means of addressing a shared urgency to shift the rapid decline of our environment, and work
toward its recovery.
Raft is based loosely on the painting Raft of the Medusa, by Theodore Gericault, 1818-1819, which shows a scene of dead and dying people clinging to a hurriedly constructed, barely seaworthy raft. It is a story of incompetence and greed that resulted in death. In the distance we see a ship.
The painting brings to mind the same incompetence and greed that is currently poisoning Earth. Oceans of plastic debris, and displaced people due to climate change clinging to rafts, literally and metaphorically.
Made predominantly from discarded plastic materials Raft represents cause and effect, and aims to generate discourse.  Floating slightly apart from our raft, hope is on the horizon in the form of a sturdy hard-working tugboat.

(Bed 20) Facebook, IG @rosemaryburden    IG @debbie_tuepah

Ying-Yueh Chuang — Meet

My ceramic work represents hybrid forms that are inspired by flora and fauna and the beauty of the natural world. I have envisioned a connection between the hybrid forms of my ceramic pieces and the plants in the garden. Perhaps they can coexist together in a harmonious way.
I want to create visual memories for people within these spaces. Memories are like pollen to be carried away in order to produce the next generation.

(Bed 6)

Polly Gibbons — Squirrel Condo With A View

Spending time in Darts Hill Garden creating art has been a great source of joy along with meeting other artists and seeing their wonderful works. Another source of joy has been seeing the diverse wildlife that inhabits the garden. I have seen coyote, deer, rabbits, a multitude of birds, and grey squirrels. One creature I have yet to see is one of the squirrel species native to BC, the Douglas squirrel. Contrary to popular belief the invasive grey squirrels are not outcompeting the smaller “Dougies” for resources. They actually inhabit distinct ecological niches. Douglas squirrels require pine forests and feed extensively on pine seeds while grey squirrels prefer deciduous trees, especially those bearing acorns and walnuts. The real reason grey squirrels have proliferated in our suburban neighbourhoods and parks is because we have razed great swaths of coniferous forests to create our suburban dreams which Douglas squirrels  are dependent on for their livelihood.

(Bed 25)

IG @pollygibbons

Marcus Macdonald— wHole 

Faced with the void we are overwhelmed by the possibility of an infinite abyss, a depth beyond light. The haunting emptiness of a bottomless hole eerily beckons; we feel its tickling tentacles reach from below. The blackness drinks the fading echoes of our voice and whispers a promise: “The emptiness is not hollow, it is full. Dare to face its countenance; it will feed you golden honey.

(near Bed 8w)      Instagram @marcus_low_tide

Sophie Macdonald— grōTH 


Beauty is in imperfection. Distortion, swelling, malignancy, non- conformity, an interruption to normal growth…The cells, freed from their genetic orders, respond to the call of the Universe as gravity melts the wood into oozing globules of freeform flow, give us precious, beautiful burls where trees tell their own stories.

(lower orchard)

Instagram @theglorieuse

Helma SawatzkyThe Poetree Project 

Life unfolds as deep entanglement in the interaction and interdependence of all its parts. We easily forget that this earth is the very ground that enables and sustains our human existence. In research contexts,  the Latin term In Vivo refers to experimentation that unfolds “within the living.” The Poetree Project is about creating an In Vivo ‘poetry generator’ that invites you to participate with the trees, the wind, the words, and movement among these parts to create short poems that reflect on our deep implication in—and participation with—the natural world.

(upper orchard)   Twitter@helmasawatzky

Rosemary Burden / Debbie Westergaard Tuepah — Raft

Z·inc gratefully acknowledges the support of the City of Surrey’s Cultural Grants Program and the Darts Hill Garden Conservancy Trust Society.