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The Gatherers

Tuesday, September 20th - Saturday, November 5th

The Gatherers by April Matisz interprets the Greek aphorism “know thyself” as a call to understand our species, and our inextricable entanglement with our planet. Each work presents an imagined view of our collective past, looking back into our deep evolutionary history, to better understand our current moment.

“Through much of my work I imagine potential worlds that are life-affirming and more knowledgably entangled with their ecosystems. I am interested in physical forces that have shaped our world, from the geological to the evolutionary, as well as the phenomenological ways in which we exist and understand ourselves.” – April Matisz, 2022

In her works, Matisz’s armless figures are set in a dark and mysterious landscape, in the process of exploring their world. They are inseparable from their environment, which is an active and animate part of this narrative. These figures discover, learn, dream and start to form myths and culture of their own.

The Gatherers merges scientific, artistic and philosophical knowledge to explore humanity’s deep past. Matisz creates space for curiosity and questioning, hoping to broaden our understand the present, and strive towards a balanced and just future.
Reception – October 13, from 6:30 – 8:30 pm
Virtual tours with curator – September 28 and October 20 at 12 pm


Tuesday, September 20th
Saturday, November 5th
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Art Gallery of St. Albert
19 Perron Street
St. Albert, Alberta T8N 1E4 Canada
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