Opening Reception for Laura Moore: Memory Bathing

Saturday, January 12, 2019
1:00 - 3:00 pm
Latcham Art Centre, 2 Park Drive, Stouffville, ON, L4K 4K1

Join us for the opening reception of Laura Moore: Memory Bathing on Saturday, January 12, 1:00 - 3:00 pm.

The artist will be in attendance and remarks will begin around 1:30. Admission is free, all welcome!

For her solo exhibition at Latcham Art Centre, Moore continues to examine the relationship between technology and nature, focusing on how memory and the sharing of information exists in both the natural and digital realms, and the way connectivity plays out within this relationship. Her newest work consisting of sculpture, drawing, installation and audio fuses together USB technology (a now common device used to transfer electronic data) with natural forms such as trees and their fruit (acorns, walnuts and maple tree keys) that pass along information on a cellular level. Felled trees and collected walnuts, acorn caps and maple tree keys are carved, molded, and merged with the USB device, joining two very separate systems that all participate in the cycle of memory storage and their respective sharing of data. These mutated ‘memory sticks’ ask us to not only consider what the impact of our ever increasing reliance on technology is having on the natural world, but also what the impact on humans can be when we disconnect from nature.  This examination of connectivity extends beyond the literal way that memory storage and shared data function and reminds us of the more subtle workings of nature’s technology. The exhibition’s title, Memory Bathing, is a play on the term for forest bathing – the practice of immersing oneself in nature and particularly the medicinal aureoles that make up the forest atmosphere. Moore's hybrid sculptures and drawings invite the viewer to experience a newly imagined environment that provides an opportunity to reflect on the benefits of nature in a time so dominated by technology.