// Rockies Repeat is a documentary, exhibit, and digital storytelling project that unites scientists on the frontlines of climate change, artists in the field, and cultural knowledge keepers to bear witness to a changing Rocky Mountain landscape while inspiring action to preserve these places for future generations. //
// By 2100, the iconic glacial landscapes of the Rocky Mountains could be gone.
Not only would this dramatically impact ecology and regional watersheds but would erode our cultural imagination and our connection to these places. //
WHAT ARE THE ROCKIES WITHOUT GLACIERS?
ROCKIES /\ REFRAMED
// What is left out of the frame shapes our cultural identity. Early landscape paintings portrayed mountain landscapes as “pristine wilderness” while excluding over 10,000 years of Indigenous relations with the land.
Our artist collective of both Indigenous and settler artists recontextualize
century-old canvases within the traditional territories of Ktunaxa Nation, Secwépemc First Nations, Treaty 6, 7 and 8 Nations, and Regions 3 and 4 of the Métis Nation of Alberta. //
Kayla is a contemporary landscape artist. You can expect to see a vibrancy in her work that amplifies the natural beauty of landscapes in the Canadian Rocky Mountains. Kayla’s goal is to evoke a sense of awe and celebration to the viewer, inspiring those who experience her work to seek adventures of their own.
Cheyenne Ozînjâ θîhâ
Cheyenne is an artist from the Stoney Nakoda Nation. She works in acrylic and watercolor and is inspired by the geometric shapes and vibrant colours of traditional Sioux designs that are heavily inspired by the powwow culture. Her work has been exhibited at Calgary’s TRUCK GALLERY and the Gallery Cite in Edmonton, AB.
Ariel Hill of AKH Studios is an Indigenous artist hailing from the Six Nations and Wiikwemkoong First Nations. Ariel works primarily in glass blowing and her work is a reflection of the intersection between elements of the natural world and how it relates to human experience. She holds a jewelry certificate from the Kootenay School of the Arts and a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the Alberta University of the Arts with a major in Glass. Hill is represented by Gallery Merrick (Nanaimo, BC), Project A (Canmore, AB), Guildworks (Bloomfield, ON) and Art First! (Revelstoke, BC).
Kerry's current body of work is made up of minimalist landscapes and monochromatic paintings. Working primarily in acrylic and resin on birch panel, she is inspired by the haunting beauty and mysterious nature of our Canadian Landscape.
Emily has always been drawn to the mountains. Working mainly with ink and watercolour. The way she sees it, people will only fight to protect the wild places they have a connection to, and if her art inspires even just one person to go outside and want to be a part of the wilderness, she’ll be a happy camper.
Sikapinakii low horn
Sikapinakii is a two-spirited artist from the Siksika First Nation, they graduated from the Alberta University of the Arts In 2019 with a bachelors of fine arts in drawing. They use a variety of mixed mediums to tell the stories of their identity, indigenous experiences, culture, language, and stories told. Their overall practice aims to educate the non-indigenous about the Blackfoot people in hopes that it will create a comfortable setting for all. This is crucial as a young Indigenous as they have an ingrained purpose to tell their story and the stories of their people.
// The film culminates in an exhibition at the Whyte Museum of the Canadian Rockies at the 2022 Exposure Photography Festival. It showcases paintings of Catharine Whyte alongside the multi-medium interpretations of the Rockies Repeat artist collective to demonstrate the scale of climate change and cultural impact in just a century. //
Director of Photography
Jamie Wensley leads Rundle Films, a video production company based in Calgary, Alberta, Canada.