For her project, Kelly Richardson spins the notion of an outer world towards a focus on "generational amnesia” and the remnants of the distant past: gigantic 1000+ year old trees on BC’s Vancouver Island. The artist will transform an area of threatened old-growth into a future landscape which amplifies “nature”, celebrating its spectacle while calling into question the metrics currently used to support its loss. Over 75% of old-growth on Vancouver Island has been logged. What remains is disappearing at a rate three times faster than tropical rainforests.
Taking cues from 19th-century landscape painting, 20th-century cinema, and 21st-century planetary research, Kelly Richardson crafts video installations and photographs that offer imaginative glimpses into the future that prompt a careful consideration of the present. Her work has been selected for the Beijing, Busan, Canadian, Gwangju and Montréal biennales, as well as major moving image exhibitions internationally including TIFF and Sundance Film Festival. Her work is represented in many significant museum collections including the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, SMoCA, Albright-Knox Art Gallery, National Gallery of Canada, Art Gallery of Ontario, Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal, Arts Council Collection (England) and Towner. Recent one person exhibitions include Dundee Contemporary Arts, SMoCA, CAG Vancouver, VOID Derry, Laing Art Gallery, Natural History Museum Vienna and a major survey at the Albright-Knox. After 14 years in the UK, in 2017 Richardson emigrated back to Canada to live and work on Vancouver Island.