The slow climb is one of intuition, it’s a faded memory from childhood. Old paths and trails that steal away to peaks and summits. Far away from what stationed you in the present. And it’s here with ladders and steps and bridges, it’s here where you find a sense of solace. A softly mentioned recollection of mountainscapes and distant memories. It’s grandmother sleeping beneath the land, it’s generations whispering in the water. It’s fire that flickers a well-known story. It’s songs in the dirt, the rocks, the mountains. And I’ll find you here, the long way home. The one you only knew when you were asleep.
Karlene Harvey is exhibiting a series of painted illustrations on paper. These are newly created works made in the winter to summer of 2015. She is from the Tsilhqot’in, Carrier and Okanagan Nations but grew up in the Lower Mainland of BC. She maintains a practice that explores concepts of home, memory, language and narrative storytelling. She graduated from Emily Carr in 2007 with a degree in visual arts and she currently works at grunt gallery as their communications director.