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Lyne Bastien – Résonances arctiques – November 17, 2016 to January 14, 2017

Lyne Bastien – Résonances arctiques

Reception with the artist on Thursday December 8, from 5 pm to 7 pm

Some years ago we boarded the Academic Ioffe at Kangerlussuaq, Greenland, and sailed down the fjord on the second leg of the first Adventure Canada cruise to the Arctic. For two entire weeks, we were in the company of experts in the region. Our Russian crew helped us down the side of the ship’s hull and onto Zodiacs for all of our outings onto the land. We trudged across the tundra to archaeological sites and floated through fields of icebergs, which was so surreal we forgot how dangerous it was. All in all, it was overwhelmingly beautiful. We came away from this experience with a sense of what Europeans must have experienced when they first visited the new world…everything so fresh and new, such crystalline waters, so much wildlife. Everything about the North seems limitless – the sky, the land, the wildlife, time itself.

When we first saw the images that Lyne Bastien was working on, we were mesmerized. for she has truly captured our own memories from the region…the profound sense of the enormity of the North; the profound silence; and the air so clear that everything sparkles; the sense that time stands still and that everything is ephemeral.

Bastien lives in Ivujivik, a small sandy cove at the northernmost tip of the Ungava peninsula in northern Québec with a population of fewer than 500. Originally from Abitibi, Bastien expresses a sense of kinship with the region. She loves it and it shows. We are thrilled to present these works, the likes of which we will not soon see again, from the perspective of a “southerner” that nevertheless is so akin to the Inuit vision.

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