Exhibitions 2020 - 2021

De Natura

Emma Sultmanis

As the natural world becomes infiltrated with digital technology, human perception of nature will inevitably be affected, for better or for worse. My interests in nature, ecological preservation, and systems of memory stem from my upbringing in Muskoka and Algonquin Park; the foundation for my location-based practice. Using my background in biology, environmental science, and botany, I aim to shed light on the climate issues and anthropogenic impacts that threaten the species, ecosystems and places that inspire my art. My work examines the ambiguity of memory, the dichotomy between nature and technology, and the disenchantment of humans with the environment. Through drawing, painting, and printmaking, I aim to explore how experiences grounded in physical versus digital interactions support different ways of knowing an object or space. 

My body of work, along with this gallery space, aims to address the disconnection between humans and the environment by encouraging appreciation for and reconnection with nature. Recently I have been working in collaboration with natural elements and allowing nature to be the artist. This involves frottage and use of live specimens to create lines and shapes that represent nature as truthfully as possible. Other works included in this space are reflective of photographic distortion and examine how technology can both enhance and obscure one’s experience in nature.

See more on Instagram at @emmasultyart 

Missed Moments II, 14 x 20″, Lithograph on paper
Pinus resinosa, 40 x 60″, Graphite on paper
Distance: Observations During a Pandemic, 5 x 5″ panels, Collage and acrylic on panel
Ontario is in Danger Too, 14 x 20″, Intaglio etched zinc plate with aquatint, soft-ground leaves, and chine colle on Fabriano Rosaspina paper
Algonquin, 30 x 40 x 2″, Acrylic on canvas
Far Away, 40 x 60″
You Guide Me, 14 x 20″, Intaglio etch on zinc plate with aquatint on Fabriano Rosaspina Paper
Cross, 15 x 22.5″, Screen Print on Stonehenge Paper
Seek, 20 x 30 x 1″, Acrylic paint on canvas
To Look Closely, 18 x 24″, Pencil crayon frontage and ink on paper