The photographs, sculptures, and installations in Billows re-envision the intimate spaces our bodies encounter to explore concepts of space, perception, time, and memory. At once colourful and sensorial, yet poetic, these installations re-contextualize perceptions of interior and exterior spaces, familiar places, the structures and surfaces our bodies encounter, and the spaces we create for ourselves. Photographs on translucent silk, drape over architectural and organic forms. For example, hand shaped maple from a beloved family maple tree is used as a support for imagery containing the tree as it exists through time during the span of one year. Hand shaped copper, a material used inside the walls of a home, is used to support imagery of windows, doors, and framed spaces. Through overlapping perspectives, layering, draping, folding, the use of light and air, and a consideration for materiality and time in sculpture and image making, Billows challenges and expands upon the ways we perceive and contribute to our everyday surroundings, and how we embody and remember physical space as psychological and sensorial experiences.
Natalie Hunter wishes to acknowledge the generous support of the Canada Council for the Arts in producing this body of work.