Dunn is an artist and farmer living in Gibsons, BC, who shares stories of daily life on her farm through painting. She draws on personal impressions of motherhood, animal husbandry, degradation and repair, shared labour and hospitality, and isolation and solitude. Her paintings are suffused with people, animals, plants, rural architecture, machinery and tools, making space for the work of dreams, symbols and archetypes to filter her narrative impulses. Working with industrial, agricultural and domestic materials, she collaborates with the weather and elements to develop her canvases.  


DURATION:  06/09/2024 — 07/09/2024

98 Rockwell Dr
Harrison Hot Springs, BC
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An exhibition arising from a gift to the Artist of a metamorphic rock sample sourced from Sollicum schist on the east side of Harrison Lake, BC: originally a mix of sandstone, lava and volcanic ash, but due to changing pressure and temperature now predominantly composed of mica, a very hydrous mineral with a unique crystal structure. Dunn has incorporated ground mica from this sample with paint to create brilliantly sparkling yet raw art works. In a many-panelled mural that encircles the room, human figures are likened to monolithic mountain shapes. The paintings are produced on black landscape fabric typically used by gardeners to block light and define the bounds of an area. The power to shape and protect environments, as well as the area’s agricultural surroundings, are displayed in this work inspired by Bronze Age frescoes.

Harrison Lake is a remarkable and unique place geologically. The rock sample in Janine’s possession is sourced from Sollicum schist, a metamorphic rock present on the eastern side of Harrison Lake BC. Prior to these rocks being metamorphosed, they were a mix of sandstone, lava and volcanic ash; much like a modern day volcanic island. The rocks have been dated to 176,000,000 – 102,000,000 years old (Journeay and Friedmand, 1993 and Parrish and Monger, 1992) and have been altered as they were buried though time. Ultimately with the changing  pressure and temperature, the rocks completely changed their composition. This particular rock is predominantly composed of mica, a very hydrous mineral with a unique crystal structure. Each individual mica crystal can easily be split into very small individual ‘plates’ or dust.
Vanessa MacClean, geologist

When water interacts with rock, chemical weathering forms clays and other hydrous minerals that contain water as part of their mineral structure.
— Mike Wehner, BGR, 16 Mar. 2021