Corey Hardeman, artist statement displayed in Corey Hardeman’s Wandering the Edge of the World exhibition, Two Rivers Gallery, Prince George BC. 2020.
Corey Hardeman holds a BSc in biology and is trained in both architectural drafting and classical drawing. Consequently, her art combines elements of traditional illustration and technical drawing, with a love of tonal painting and an eye for tension and movement. Her work has been shown in group and solo exhibitions across Canada; in 2013, she was chosen as the inaugural recipient of the Prince George Arts Council’s Artist in Residence. She was the Art Battle live painting provincial champion in 2013 and went on to the national finals in Toronto that year. She paints full time and has presented talks and workshops in Vancouver, Burnaby, Prince George, Vernon and Edmonton on subjects ranging from the technical to the philosophical. In spoken and enacted teaching, she illustrates depth, emotion, climate grief and the role of an artist in the Anthropocene. She lives and paints in Prince George, British Columbia.
All of my painting is undertaken as an examination of my place among living things, and of the changes I have witnessed to the life systems around me. My observations lend context to my inquiry into my relationship with home and habitat, with my own species and with the planet. Together, my paintings comprise a documentary view of home, of a planet undergoing rapid change, of the changes I have witnessed in my own time and place. I try to make paintings that are evocative, rooted in place and acute detail but also abstractly beautiful. My academic background in life sciences and, later, architectural drafting, lends structure to my work. I work in oil paint, and natural light is an integral element of my work. I take photographs and make cryptic sketches outdoors in most weather, and work from memory, dreams, and reference materials to develop my paintings in studio.
I am interested specifically in documenting the changes that mark the edges of things, changes of light, and changes in terrain. These paintings are intended to convey a sense of the fragility of time and the distorting lens of memory. Water and undergrowth lend themselves especially well to exploring abstract forms as they occur in the natural world, and my landscapes consider these forms in the context of memory, longing, and belonging, surprise and delight, loss and absence.
– Corey Hardeman
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