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EXHIBITION: Fleeting // Printed Works by Anna Graves



EXHIBITION: Fleeting // Printed Works by Anna Graves (Ottawa/Halifax)

DATES: Friday, April 5 to Sunday, May 5, 2019

OPENING: Friday, April 5, 2019, 7:00-9:00 PM

A special Possible Worlds Risograph artist edition featuring the artist’s work will be available for purchase.

Entry is free. This exhibition takes place on the second-floor of a plaza and is only physically accessible by stairs (unfortunately there is no ramp or elevator). On behalf of the architects of the past who, by these design oversights, have left out many people, we apologize. Accessible washrooms are available down the street in 24-hour Petro Canada.

Possible Worlds is pleased to present our second exhibition of 2019, part of a series highlighting Ottawa-Gatineau-based or born emerging graphic artists.


In this body of printed work, emerging artist Anna Graves examines relationships between land use and notions of belonging. These large-scale lithograph and silkscreened prints feature urban and natural settings around Mi’kma’ki/Nova Scotia that are experiencing gentrification and shifting industries. With an interest in infrastructure and decay, Graves explores the difficult history of colonialism in this region.


On a daily basis, we encounter traces of human interaction with our surroundings. From the organic formation of footpaths to the effects of region-dependent industry, the Earth is shaped by our touch. Likewise, people are products of their environments.

Much of my work is landscape or architecturally based. In preparing my large-scale prints, I utilize a catalogue of sketches and photographs. I use drawing as a tool to reinterpret memories and thus relationships with spaces.


Anna Graves is an emerging artist based in Ottawa. She is a recent graduate of the BFA program at NSCAD University in Halifax. Having grown up in Ottawa, Graves is interested in the connections between nationalism and tourism, and their subsequent environmental impacts. She investigates national narratives used to construct a sense of identity.

Graves has participated in group exhibitions and portfolio exchanges nationally and internationally. In 2018, she attended the Tamarind Institute’s Summer Lithography Workshop. Through the NSCAD Community Studio Residency program, she was an artist in residence at the Cape Breton Centre for Craft and Design in Fall 2018.