Amy Shackleton - Playing with Fire & Ice, Art Gallery of Northumberland

^ Shackleton creating her "Break The Ice" mural at the Oshawa Centre in 2020.

Show Dates: March 22 - June 20, 2021 (pending COVID-19 restrictions)
Location: Art Gallery of Northumberland,
 Cobourg, ON.
Opening reception: TBD

Playing with Fire & Ice marks Shackleton’s first large-scale mural and augmented reality (AR) installation in a public exhibition.

In this exhibition, Amy Shackleton explores current and potential devastating effects of Canadian climate change. The work is informed by the artist’s photographs of climate-ravaged landscapes across Canada: burning forests, flooding lands and melting glaciers. Inspired by this immediacy, her new work juxtaposes local architecture with Canadian geography to ask pressing questions about our future.

Shackleton will create a 50 foot site-specific mural—her largest to date—that wraps around the viewer on three walls. The mural diverges from her signature creation process using spinning canvases. Embracing the verticality and architecture of the gallery walls, Shackleton will adapt her paint-dripping technique onto a static, non-moving surface. 

Shackleton is collaborating with Julian Brown on the AR experience that extends the mural and immerses the viewer in the environment. Viewers can look through any device to become immersed within a digitally flooded exhibition space complete with floating icebergs.

Experiencing first-hand this climate catastrophe, these works remind us that we are all playing with fire. It is a call for action and a stark prediction for Canadian environmental futures. 

Amy Shackleton acknowledges the generous support of the Ontario Arts Council.