LAUREN KOLYN | BEWILDERED
Saturday, March 30th - Sunday May 5th
Opening Night Reception | Thursday, April 4th, 6 -9pm
There is a small patch of wildness
that grows alongside a retired train track near the ports.
Curiously I turn my bike around
and park it up against the fence.
Bewildered, as I often am
longing for a familiar place.
The noise of the city begins to dissipate
as I tune into the buzzing of bees.
In the stillness of the city’s wild
exists a deep comfort within the womb of the overgrowth.
Bewildered is a series of photographs that explores notions of wonder, discovery and the poetic beauty of nature found within an urban environment. Often, natural and urban environments are considered distinct and separate places, where the nature is found outside the city. We leave one to get closer to the other, seeking out a relationship with a different part of ourselves. In the constant movement of the city there is limited time to get lost and discover anew. Does this inhibit our ability to connect to the natural world? Can one achieve a similar sense of awe and connection to nature within an urban context? As a city dweller and artist, answering these questions are both pivotal points of intrigue and challenge in my work.
The photographs were taken in a small patch of wild meadow growing in an old industrial area along Toronto’s lakeshore. The encounter with this landscape was random and slightly disorienting because of its juxtaposition to the location. Immediately drawing me into an alternate world, the foliage takes the role of dancers moving throughout the light and shadows. As I observed their movements, I felt myself begin to separate from the heartbeat of the city, momentarily losing a sense of time and place. Shedding light onto the possibility of the coexistence of two different worlds.
The observer is invited into this dynamic landscape to share in the sense of bewilderment and ease I felt in my discovery. The images draw attention to the presence of the natural world within seemingly unnatural places and encourages the power of stillness and observation of our surroundings in daily life. - Lauren Kolyn
ABOUT THE ARTIST
Lauren Kolyn is a freelance photographer based in Toronto, Canada who approaches both her life and her artistic practice with intentionality, whether she be cooking a meal or taking photos. She has always held curiosity for human behaviour. Lauren’s work highlights how we organize or inhabit space. She has a keen eye for structure and lines of design and interiors as seen in her commercial practice and an environmentally conscious mind as seen in her studies of natural subjects in her landscape and portrait art practice. Lauren has an editorial and documentary style of visual storytelling. This draws on her studies in psychology and professional experience in the social sciences as well as her artistic practices in still image and explorations in moving image film.