Crystal Image, a memory of leaves and light was commissioned for the window space above the East Campus Hall (ECH) entrance to UWAG. Photographing the architecture and landscaping around ECH using 120mm film, Hunter processed a series of three photographic transparencies that she describes as “slow cinema”. Over the course of the day the passage of light further activates the saturated colours of these transparencies, casting ephemeral coloured shadows onto the walls and floor of the long corridor adjacent to the gallery. This effect subtly animates the institutional space that students, staff, and visitors routinely walk through but otherwise take for granted. Crystal Image, a memory of leaves and light softens this otherwise hard architectural interior, inviting us to pause and reflect on the built environment that we inhabit.
Photography: Natalie Hunter
Natalie Hunter is from Hamilton, Ontario and completed her MFA at the University of Waterloo. Working between photography, installation, and moving image, she is known for her multilayered photo-based installations featuring colour imagery on transparent film. She has shown her work across Canada and has had recent exhibitions at The Reach Gallery Museum, Hamilton Winterfest, University of Manitoba School of Arts Gallery, Latcham Art Centre, Centre for Artistic and Social Practice, and Rodman Hall Arts Centre. She is the recipient of grants from the Canada Council for the Arts, the Ontario Arts Council, and is a sessional instructor in Fine Arts at the University of Waterloo.