This exhibition presents work by Fraser Valley-based artist Deb Silver, in which the artist seeks to combine and harmonize Coast Salish cultural teachings and scientific inquiry as they relate to plant knowledge, ecology, and analogue photography. For her most recent project, Silver specifically sought to link plants, root systems, waterways, and lichen together in a single photo series documenting intimate landscapes in Pelhó’lhxw territory (eastern Chilliwack). Silver draws on traditional Stó:lō practices of using lichen as a base for coloured dyes, and combines this with knowledge gleaned from horticultural research and a scientific method of trial and error to arrive at her finished images.
The current exhibition represents the first opportunity for these works to be displayed in the artist’s home territory of S’ólh Téméxw (the Fraser Valley). In addition, this exhibition will also present a reconfigured version of Silver’s photographic installation project Their Words Echo Through My Core (2018). This will be the first time the two projects have been displayed together, with the earlier project providing insight into Silver’s ongoing interest and exploration into the relationship between photography and land and plant knowledge, offering visitors the opportunity to see how Silver’s approach to these concepts has developed in recent years.