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Photo: Wynne Palmer
Naiad’s Gift is a single channel, silent video installation with text projected within the
pond area of Tatlow Park.
Naiad’s Gift is an ontological commentary on the naturalization of the urban environment
via Ovid’s quote on the death of Orpheus, legendary poet, musician and prophet of
Throughout antiquity the most beautiful spots in nature were regarded as the favorite places of Nymphs and invisible spirits, personifying nature. Women are most often associated with Nymphs within nature and the wildness of the world as things beyond the control of civilization. "Wildness" and "nature" were seen as constructs outside of the domain of man.
Tatlow Creek was once one of Vancouver’s many natural fresh water streams. The entombed stream disappeared into a dark culvert, the “Underworld”, under Point Grey Road and was not seen again before it discharged from a pipe into English Bay.
Revamping of the park and ‘daylighting’ now feeds the stream into a pond in Tatlow Park, which relies on urban storm-water run-off to feed the stream.
About the Artist:
Wynne Palmer is a Vancouver interdisciplinary artist, whose work is often informed by
issues concerning the body, identity, and the history of code and communication.
She received her BFA in Visual Arts from Emily Carr Institute of Art + Design in 2003, a
BFA in Design from the University of Alberta in 1985, and a Diploma in Visual Communication Design from Medicine Hat College in 1981.
Wynne is currently active as a Vancouver Experimental Theremin Orchestra (VETO) Cofounder + Member. She held a position on the Board of Directors + Gallery Committee
for the Emily Carr University of Art + Design Alumni Society from 2003 – 2010, was a Co-founder + Board Member of the Cue Up Video Collective from 2003 - 2008.
Wynne has exhibited and performed locally, nationally and internationally including,
Utopia Festival of Women in Digital Culture and Signal + Noise Festival in Vancouver;
The Gallery Factory in Seoul, Korea; The Arbetets Museum in Norrkoping, Sweden; Zita
Cinema in Stockholm, Sweden; Galerie Kulturhaus Schoneberg in Berlin, Germany. She
has received a number of awards and her work is in a number of collections including
Canada, Germany, UK, and USA.