Aileen Penner’s exhibit ‘We hold our grief in the lungs’ will be open at the Ranger Station Gallery until June 30. (Contributed)

LETTER: My grief does fill my lungs

Coral McFadden shares her thoughts on the new art installation at the Ranger Station Gallery

Dear Editor,

As we begin another environmentally disturbing fire season, it is timely that the current Artist-in-Residence at the Harrison Hot Springs Ranger Station, Aileen Penner, has opened her powerful installation, “We hold grief in our lungs.”

The work is beautifully executed: display after display illustrating the effect of species lost whilst remaining true to the power of the artist to create an elegant work of art.

RELATED: Science, nature and art come together for Harrison gallery show

As you go about your day enjoying the beauty of our area, I recommend that you drop by the Ranger Station, and ponder the meaning behind this remarkable body of work. Penner has a degree in Environmental Studies and her understanding of species loss is well-illustrated in terms we can all understand through her art.

We are losing 150 species a day worldwide and what would that mean to us here in Kent: take 150 of our common insects, plants, birds and remove them from our daily life. I grieve over the loss of the beautiful seashore starfish that have largely disappeared from the Pacific Coast, and my grief does fill my lungs.

Thank you, Ms. Penner, for your thoughtful and powerful work.

-Coral McFadden, Harrison Hot Springs



news@ahobserver.com

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter

Just Posted

Some Hope school buses will soon have seatbelts

Parents asked to encourage children to comply with new safety rules

Threats to the Fraser River at a ‘new zenith,’ says river conservationist

The ‘Heart of the Fraser’ should be deemed ecologically significant according to ORC statement

Fraser Valley Regional District administration/government costs set to rise by 18%

Mosquito control and fire dispatch costs also set for increase

Restriction on tent size, barbecue locations possible for Harrison beaches

Residents will be seeing a draft bylaw head back to council on the barbecue issue

Chilliwack transit free on Saturday for parade; regular fares for Agassiz, Harrison

Bus rides are free on all Chilliwack routes to help people get to the Christmas Parade on Dec. 7

VIDEO: Harrison lights up for the holidays

The second annual Lights by the Lake kicked off Saturday, Nov. 23

VIDEO: Rockslide closes part of Highway 93 in Fairmont Hot Springs

Geotechnical team called in to do an assessment after rocks fell from hoodoos

Chilliwack mom gives back to neonatal unit with Christmas stocking drive

Ashley Durance is paying it forward to other families and their babies following daughter’s NICU stay

Petition calls for appeal of ex-Burns Lake mayor’s sentence for sex assault

Prosecution service says Luke Strimbold’s case is under review

Northwest B.C. wildlife shelter rescues particularly tiny bear cub

Shelter co-founder says the cub weighs less than a third of what it should at this time of year

BC firefighters to help battle Australian bushfires

Canada sent 22 people, including 7 from B.C.

B.C. NDP touts the end of MSP premiums

Horgan, James held news conference to reiterate that people will get their last bill this month

Illicit drug deaths down, but B.C. coroner says thousands still overdose

Chief coroner Life Lapointe says province’s drug supply remains unpredictable

One of B.C’s last surviving strip clubs baring all again for Christmas charity

25th annual event is Sunday and raises money for the Maple Ridge-Pitt Meadows Christmas Hamper Society.

Most Read