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Karin Bubaš is a Canadian artist born in North Vancouver. Her early photographic work began indoors,
documenting mundane objects and environments. These images explored the ability of the still-life to
convey characteristics of its owner, and the atmosphere created by such objects in their idle state. In
recent years her focus has moved outdoors. Using idyllic Vancouver landscapes as a backdrop her work
has made a shift towards the sublime.
In this new series entitled “Colour Field”, Bubas releases artificially coloured smoke into winter and summer landscapes. The results are beautiful and unearthly. The neon clouds of colour are at times small and emergent, and at other times consume the landscape entirely. It is clear that either human intervention is at play, or something otherworldly. The presence of the smoke transforms the familiar Vancouver landscapes into scenes of fiction that are dreamy, mysterious, and captivating. However, the coloured smoke can also be disturbing and provocative.
Nature with its power and grand force instills within humankind the feeling of Sublimity. It is something
beyond our control, something we can’t fully predict, and yet something we cannot live without. The
Sublime comes forth in the clash between our perceived dominance over nature, and our reverence of
it. There is a conflict within these works that is both beautiful and out of place. This conflict highlights
the symbiotic relationship between natural and manmade, causing the viewer to reflect upon their
relationship with nature, and the role it plays for human life.
Presented by No.9: Contemporary Art and the Environment Curated by Cara Said.
Images courtesy of the artist and the Monte Clark Gallery.