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For the past several years, my work has revolved around myths of Canadian wilderness while weaving a visual narrative between the psychological and physical presence of northern territories. Visiting remote landscapes and communities, I have completed several series of exhibited work probing Canada’s underlying historical and present day narratives associated to its isolated landmasses. Incorporating the use of stills, sound, video, and film, my work continues to explore issues of land-use, deterritorializational and an ongoing dialogue with the presence of wilderness within local landmasses and remote destinations.


To date have produced: Commonspace (2006-2008) investigating communal living within Banff National Park, Closer (2008-2010) exploring land-use within recreational parks, Further North (Images: 11-17) detailing the Boreal Forest of Northern Canada and Wilderness and Other Utopias (Images: 18-20) produced amongst the remote islands of Haida Gwaii. Continuing to create work linked to notions of Canadian identity, I am currently exploring the complex relationship to the deterritorialization of land, our dependence on resource extraction and the increasing desire to preserve sacred spaces. Tied directly to this research, I have begun teaching and curating, surrounding issues of wilderness, within contemporary art and see these elements directly feeding and my studio practice.

Hunting Shelter, Quebec
Tara Nicholson
Hunting Shelter, Quebec
Tara Nicholson
C-Print
2008