Passages | Reliving the Perceptions of our Past
Bramble Lee Pryde
Passages is rooted in the perception of then and the reality of now; how we remember our childhood as an adult and then reliving it and seeing the reality of it. These images appear more as dreamscapes, with that hazy feeling of how you remember moments from your past in muted tones. As a kid, my father would take my brother and me to the prairies to visit and connect with his side of the family. Last year we made the same journey, under more difficult circumstances, and what resonated with me was the nostalgia of seeing the road from the back window of the car as a kid and how the landscape relates and connected to my life at that moment 25 years later.
Passages started as a photography series as at the time I was working on a body of photography work called In the Valley, while living at the northern tip of the Sonora Desert in Canada. From here a three-hour drive west would land you in a rainforest on the ocean, and three hours east would put you in the high mountain range of the Rockies. While it’s an area that is popularly photographed, there is little imagery showing beauty in the harshness of the valley landscape after the damage and erosion of the elements like wildfire, flooding and abandonment.
Spending time in my surroundings and documenting it is a calming connection for me. After reviewing the photos from Passages, I wanted to strip down and pull out the most defining aspects of each landscape by modifying it to its simplest form, while maintaining the impact of reference and the feel of nature through composition and colour choice. What emerged is a series of paintings which show the feel of the changing landscapes of Western Canada.
When I consider collections or bodies of work, I am drawn to words with double meanings, where both definitions relate to the concepts I’m working through. Passages is about returning to these familiar landscapes physically, but it also paralleled the passage of working through some intense emotions of grief and letting go, and having the space to pass through it.
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Passages | Reliving the Perception of our Past
Bramble Lee Pryde
Bramble Lee Pryde's experience in the arts is vast and varied. splitting her time between metalsmithing, pottery and painting, she continues to challenge the perception of housing fine art, functionality and design under the same atelier.
Pryde found her way to metalsmithing while traveling abroad after completing her post-secondary education; starting with her foundation year of Fine Arts at UBCO in The Okanagan, and finishing up in Vancouver with her diploma in Design + Formation from Langara College, a program that merges the design disciplines of spatial formation and communication design by bridging architecture, industrial and graphic design. While traveling through South Asia, she discovered the vital role of adornment in the stories people tell about their traditions. This led to returning to Australia, where Pryde specialized further by earning her diploma in Metalsmithing from TAFE, in Perth.
Pryde's photography is inspired by the starkness of her surroundings and she values unconventional composition and muted palettes. This has transitioned into her exploration of abstracted landscapes created in ink, while leaving large white spaces that surround the imagery in her signature minimalist style that transcends all her practices. Pryde is currently exploring a series titled Passages, that connects nostalgic landscapes in her photography and paintings.