We are pleased to announce that Jessica Auer's photo-work entitled "Death Valley" has been purchased for the permanent collection of the Musée national des beaux-arts du Québec. The image is from the artist's ongoing series entitled "Re-Creational Spaces."
Since 2004, the artist's fascination with tourism has led her to photograph popular sites throughout North and South America. Images from this "Re-creational Space" series show how landscape has been preserved, altered or commodified for tourism. This ongoing project invites the viewer to consider the historical and cultural significance of these places, as well question the tourist’s responsibility in observing these sites. By juxtaposing natural wonders with cultural sites, Auer seeks to provoke reflection on personal experience, cultural authenticity and the collective memory of specific places.
Jessica Auer lives and works in Montréal where she obtained an MFA from Concordia University. Solo exhibitions include Re-creational Spaces at Galerie Thérèse Dion (Montréal, 2007) and Toronto Image Works (Toronto, 2008). Auer is the recipient of numerous grants and awards. Her work is held in various private and public collections such as the Canada Council Art Bank, Fidelity Investments, CollectArt, Standard Life, and the Bibliothèque Nationale du Québec. She currently teaches photography at Concordia University. She is represented by Patrick Mikhail Gallery in Ottawa.
DEATH VALLEY | RE-CREATIONAL SPACES | C-PRINT | 40 x 50 INCHES | 2010