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Rosalux Gallery Presents: Chronosequence: Field Notes from Mama Cayambe by Betsy Byers

Exhibition Dates: March 2 - March 30, 2024.

Opening Reception: Saturday, March 9th, 7:00-10:00 pm.


Chronosequence, oil on canvas, 30” x 40”, 2024
Chronosequence, oil on canvas, 30” x 40”, 2024

Rosalux Gallery Presents

Chronosequence: Field Notes from Mama Cayambe


Betsy Byers studio practice explores the symbiotic relationship between our bodies and the surrounding environment. Her work is inspired by potent encounters with the natural world, anchored in the relationship between perception, landscape and cultural consciousness.


Chronosequence is a meditation on Byers' collaborative research in the field with the El Hato people and a group of scientists studying climate change impact in the high tropical Andes. Drawing on direct, sensory experiences of the Hermoso Glacier and the La Dormida watershed in Cayambe, Ecuador, Chronosequence aims to describe a “time for change” model through visual, tactile and olfactory images and experiences. The interplay between gathering data, navigating the complex and difficult terrain of this field site and documenting its dramatic changes bear witness to our current climate change crisis.


Unstable, oil on canvas, 52.25”  x 42”,  2024
Unstable, oil on canvas, 52.25” x 42”, 2024

A special thank you to The COCIJM (Corporation of Organizations Campesinas e Indígenas de Juan Montalvo) Communities: Hato Chaupiloma, Hato Pucará, Hato San, José, Hato Espiga de Oro and El Verde and my colleagues: Madelyn Banks, Dr. Joel Barker, Andrea Cruz Bracamontes, Mariana Cardenas, Emily Dzieweczynski, Cora Hentges, Ally Jacoby, Dr. Jeff La Frenierre, Briana Jol, Dr. Li Li, Dr. Veronica Graciela Minaya Maldonado, Dr. Carla Manciati, Leah Nelson Dr. Crystal Ng, Dr. Silvio Augusto Pastore, Dr. Zavier Eduardo Zapata Rios, Dr. Daniel Stanton, Evan Taylor, Dr Andrew Wickert and Gustavus Adolphus College.

 

Field research for this exhibition was supported in part by the National Science Foundation under Grant No. 1758854. Any opinions, findings and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the artists and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation.


Field Notes 2, oil on canvas, diptych 24.5” x 9.25”, 2024
Field Notes 2, oil on canvas, diptych 24.5” x 9.25”, 2024

Instagram: @betsyruthbyers

Inquiries: Please address all inquiries to Betsy R. Byers at betsyruthbyers@gmail.com


Gallery Hours: Rosalux Gallery hours are Saturday and Sunday from 12-4 PM or by appointment. The gallery is located at 315 West 48th Street in Minneapolis. Rosalux is free and open to the public.


Field Notes 1, oil on canvas, 52.25”  x 42”,  2024
Field Notes 1, oil on canvas, 52.25” x 42”, 2024

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