Chris Alic & Amber Lee Williams | Transience of Memory

This two person exhibition is on view at Mahtay Cafe & Lounge for the month of September, 2023.

Chris(tine) Alic is a multidisciplinary artist working mainly in photography and clay. She has a degree in Human Geography from Brock University and a smattering of photography, drawing, film, glass blowing, and ceramics courses taken across the past 30 years in various cities, provinces, and states. Her practice centres around memory and solitudes of being and is greatly informed by nature and the human relationship to the natural world, and what it means to be in solitude. She is most comfortable in, and derives inspiration from liminal spaces in the natural world, emotive states, and places of knowing/unknowing, remembering/forgetting.

Amber Lee Williams (she/her) is an interdisciplinary artist from the Niagara region. She has a BA in Visual Arts from Brock University and an MFA from the University of Waterloo. Amber has two daughters, ages 5 and 10. Family is at the centre of her artistic practice. Her research resides in and around the home: observing and photographing the daily lives of her children, as well as drawing inspiration from the possessions and photographs left behind by deceased loved ones. Navigating the inevitable shifting of relationships, and thinking about how everyday objects and experiences can serve as prompts to remembering are important methodologies in her work. Working in many different experimental photographic mediums, Amber not only explores the ways in which we remember, but also all that is lost.

This is the tenth exhibition in my continuing curatorial series featuring Niagara based visual artists in downtown St. Catharines.

Amber Lee Williams’ artwork was the subject of an essay from curated : this can be seen here.

One of Chris Alic’s images from this exhibition was also a recent Curator’s Pick and that can be seen here.