To Come to Earth Again

Alice Dixon


In this exhibition, three new and related photographic series function as field notes in Alice Dixon’s ongoing exploration of how humans live within nature. Her depictions of sites from around the world, where humans and nature intersect, focus on the complex and contradictory relationships of proportion and affect.

The Last Greenhouse offers idiosyncratic views of a unique urban greenhouse in Canada whose fate hangs in a fragile balance, much like the life of a cultivated plant. When Rivers Run Dry chronicles a series of large river beds in Southern Spain historically reported as impassable during the rainy season, but which in recent years have lain mostly empty. Walking With Geologists follows a group of scientists on a field trip through some of the unique rock formations in Japan’s volcanic islands. Here, the camera observes a detailed human analysis of a natural material whose present stasis holds the potential for dramatic upheaval.

In these images, physical perspectives parallel ontological considerations, as a visual medium is used in the consideration of ethical issues. Dixon offers three unique perspectives from Canada, Spain, and Japan, each one allowing viewers to consider their role as actors in the environments that sustain them.