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Marian Penner Bancroft: Human Nature
(Alberta, Friesland, Suffolk)

Republic Gallery
Vancouver BC – Mar 14-Apr 12, 2008

Marion Penner Bancroft - Drainage canal

Marion Penner Bancroft, Drainage canal, Friesland, Netherlands (2002), chromogenic print [Republic Gallery. Victoria BC, Mar 14-Apr 12]

Chilliwack-born artist Marian Penner Bancroft has worked in the medium of photography since the early 1970s. She is primarily interested in artifacts of landscape. Bancroft's Root System, Pipeline Road, Stanley Park (2007) was a three-part series of images that examined how the ferocious windstorms of December 2006 changed the face of the forest in Vancouver's Stanley Park. The pictures depict the underside of one of the thousands of trees that were uprooted. 

Human Nature (Alberta, Friesland, Suffolk) is also a series of photographs taken at sites of intense interaction with the landscape – but in this case, man-made. The images portray sites along the North Saskatchewan River where the Canadian fur trade took place in the early 19th century; along dikes in the highly altered lands and waterways of northern Holland; and in the Suffolk countryside in England, where craters were formed by the dropping of excess bombs during the Second World War. The work explores the impact of human interventions and the ways in which nature reconfigures them.

Marion Penner Bancroft - York Boat, Fort Edmonton, North Saskatchewan River, Alberta

Marion Penner Bancroft, York Boat, Fort Edmonton, North Saskatchewan River, Alberta (2007), c-print [Republic Gallery. Victoria BC, Mar 14-Apr 12]

Bancroft studied at the University of British Columbia, the Vancouver School of Art (now ECI) and at the Ryerson Polytechnical Institute in Toronto. She taught at Simon Fraser University and at the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design before her current position as Associate Professor in Photography and Print Media at Emily Carr Institute. She is a member of the board of Artspeak Gallery and was previously represented by the Catriona Jeffries Gallery. Penner's work is in a number of public collections including the Vancouver Art Gallery, the Canada Council Art Bank and the Canadian Museum of Contemporary Photography in Ottawa.


Mia Johnson

 Fri, Feb 8, 2008