Exhibition invites scenic tour of artist’s imagined landscape
Although fourth-year Mount Allison student and artist Hailey Guzik loves to travel, the landscapes she creates are even more vivid and fantastical than the places she visits. The construction of her newest exhibition, “Finding Castilleja Ridge,” involved an internal journey as much as an external one.
“Finding Castilleja Ridge” is largely inspired by Guzik’s scenic summer work in Alberta’s Kananaskis Country in the heart of the Canadian Rockies. The exhibition begins with a selfproclaimed “field guide” for the stylized world of Castilleja Ridge. The book, made entirely of handmade paper and filled with maps, charts, paintings and found objects, prepares the viewer for a series of places neither fully realistic nor entirely imaginary.
“[The book] was a big reflection on going away for the first time,” said Guzik.
The book was the first element of the exhibition Guzik constructed, which then spawned the other pieces around a central theme of imagined places. Through a series of journal-like entries which conceptualize the abstract idea of “Castilleja Ridge,” the book walks the reader through the process of creating their own imaginative sanctuary
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