Route 63, Fort McMurray (Oil Sands) Alberta, Canada
This quotidian image is taken from a vantage point on Route 63, Fort McMurray, AB, known as killer highway a name designated because of all the young workers that drive under the influence and over worked hours in the oil industry. I am standing where the paved road ends and a loose gravel road begins. A fine line of demarcation and a perspective that looks ahead at a verdant valley belonging to the indigenous people who call that unpaved road the next 250 years of oil. The image is often shown in a diptych next to a perfect manicured garden from the Gardens of Versailles. The content and context of the diptych speaks to many different perspectives on oil, progress, resources and power.
Exhibition at Gallery 501, 2012 Alberta, CA
Landscapes of Sovereignty, Special Issue Public: Art /Culture/Ideas 50, (Nov 2014): 145-152