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Works from exhibition Samantha Walrod: "Distant and Familiar"
Samantha Walrod - Smoke & Fire, 2016 Samantha Walrod - Paint the Roses Red! (Pink), 2016 Samantha Walrod - Butterfly Wing - Red & White, 2016 Samantha Walrod - Distant Gaze, 2016
Samantha Walrod - Grizzly Bear Road - Grey, 2016 Samantha Walrod - No Time in Particular, 2016 Samantha Walrod - Butterfly Wing - Red + Violet, 2016 Samantha Walrod - Butterfly Wing - Hot Red, 2016
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Installation Shots
Samantha Walrod: "Distant and Familiar"
Samantha Walrod   
September 17, 2016 - October 15, 2016
Opening Reception: Saturday, September 17, 2016, 2-4 PM Samantha Walrod in attendance

Newzones is pleased to announce “Distant and Familiar”, a solo show by Samantha Walrod.

Drawing from her experiences throughout urban and rural Alberta, Walrod creates collages that are not faithful reproductions but instead imagined or reconstructed figures. Documented imagery from walks along Alberta's Edmonton River Valley are collaged with floral patterns found on Worcester china, or animals and flowers from various sources are layered together to recreate travels through the Rocky Mountains. "Distant and Familiar" is documentation that is recorded in a non-linear, nostalgic fashion.

The layers of materials act as a symbol of the mind's ability to retain detailed information, while at the same time, leaving certain elements unclear. In her own words, Walrod "reacts to the paintings with each layer or erasure, adjusting contrasting activity and quiet, opacity and transparency, chaos and balance". Tactility is very important to the artist's practice. Images are incorporated with collage and digital technologies, while maintaining the exploration of paint.

Samantha Walrod received her Master of Fine Arts from the University of Alberta in 2013. Her paintings can be found in various private collections across Canada.