Art Talk: Dwindling nature and our response

In a dwindling natural environment, Margaretha Bootsma uses her art to consider human responsibility in a beautiful and fragile world. As the third and final Art Talk of the semester, her lecture is entitled, “From Here to Now: Perspectives on life, art and process,” and runs March 22 in the Northwest Auditorium of Trinity Western University.

A Vancouver-based, Canadian artist, Bootsma creates mixed-media pieces, integrating encaustic paint, corroded metal panels, and photographed landscapes that reflect the transient and delicate natural environment. By combining raw materials with the media of photography and painting, Bootsma represents the intricate connections between the natural world and humanity's role within it.

“The core of Margaretha's work is site specific,” explains Erica Grimm-Vance, Assistant Professor of Art at TWU. “She documents a particular site with photos, gathers materials such as corroded steel from the site, then creates these lush surfaces layering the documentation, materials and encaustic colour fields. The results are these stunningly beautiful surfaces which powerfully speak of the fragility of the shrinking natural world inviting reflection on the socioeconomic forces at play in this world in which we live.”

Bootsma's work was recently featured at the Bau-Xi Gallery of Contemporary Fine Arts in Toronto, ON and Linda Hodges Gallery in Seattle, Washington.

Event: “From Here to Now” with artist Margaretha Bootsma
Date: Wednesday, March 22, 2006
Time: 7 p.m.
Location: Northwest Auditorium, Northwest Building at Trinity Western University, 7600 Glover Road, Langley.
Cost: No charge
Contact: (604) 888-7511 ext. 3151 or

Trinity Western University, located in Langley, B.C., is a not-for-profit Christian liberal arts university enrolling over 3,300 students this year. With a broad based, liberal arts and sciences curriculum, the University offers undergraduate degrees in 38 major areas of study ranging from business, education and computer science to biology and nursing, and 14 other graduate degrees including counselling psychology, theology and administrative leadership.

Last Updated: 2007-10-11
Author: Erin Mussolum