Invasive Species questions what is “wild” and how we are negotiating our relationship with wilderness and our environment. Human intervention within a natural landscape has been a central theme of my work for over thirty years. Invasive Species was inspired by my lifelong observations and connection to the immediate environment of the Toronto Islands where I have lived since childhood. It is an exploration of site and place − in particular, how we use and form landscape through personal interventions, large-scale land management and day-to-day activities. The photographs are images of found interventions, some that lasted for only a short time, and some that remain intact today. Chromogenic prints, 40" x 50" and 30" x 40", in limited editions.

The Toronto Islands have a rich cultural history beginning with the indigenous peoples, to whom the Island continues to have spiritual and cultural importance.  I would like to acknowledge that this work was created on the traditional territories of the Mississaugas of the Credit, the Anishinaabe, the Chippewa, and the Haudenosaunee. I would like to thank the Huron-Wendat for sharing these Islands, known as Mnisiing, where I live and work. 

Copyright 2020, April Hickox
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