in the Corridor Community Gallery: Portraits in Nature; A Meditation on Process and Loss cyanotypes by Chris Wutzke October 26 – December 23 Portraits in Nature; A Meditation on Process and Loss There has been a slow evolution in my artistic practice towards letting go of the need for perfection, and learning how to trust in the action of making rather than the outcome. This selection of cyanotypes (originally displayed at the Marjorie Wood Gallery in 2020) began as primarily an exercise in unburdening, and working towards feeling a sense of peace with the work and within it rather than needing control. Gradually through the process of developing the series though, I found my focus and motivations shifting as I started to come to terms with the recent loss of my maternal grandmother. Many of the images I was capturing in cyan were taken in the gardens at her home, so it's no wonder my reflections on my process took on new meaning. In the end the outcome of this exercise was twofold. Learn to let go of the things you can’t control and revel in the ecstatic experience of being present in the artistic process, and also the ecstatic experience of being human. About the Artist: Chris Wutzke was born and raised in small town Rocky Mountain House, Alberta. In 2012 she made the move to Red Deer after being accepted into the Visual Arts program at Red Deer College. Chris became addicted to Printmaking, Drawing, and Sculpture processes during her time at RDC, and couldn’t imagine that these newfound passions would lead to a career in the arts where she both teaches, and is able to help support other professional artists and Arts instructors. She graduated from the Visual Arts Program at RDC in 2014, with an additional year of independent study. Growing up, Chris could often be found with her family exploring in the Rocky Mountains, or as she likes to think of it, “the backyard”. She believes in the importance of a human connection and closeness to nature, a concept that has been a large influence in her recent projects working with the cyanotype photographic printing process and eco-printing. Visit the Corridor Community Gallery during Recreation Centre hours of operation : Monday- Thursday: 5:30 a.m. – 10 p.m. Friday: 5:30 a.m. – 5 p.m. Saturday: 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. Sundays & Holidays: 12 – 5 p.m.