The digital photographs in this exhibition are multiple exposures of the freezing rainfall on April 16, 2018 and of dying local milkweed. They signal a catastrophic reduction of 90% in the Monarch butterﬂy population of Eastern North America. This intimate interrelationship between living plant and insect with the untimely freezing rain evokes a slow, shared death resonating with both grief and the memory of hope.
Will this be the death of the monarch?
Lilly’s practice provides an answer. Each image is created by superimposing up to seven different images. Some of these are translucent, while others almost opaque; some are shot with radical camera movement, while others are captured in sharp focus. In the end, she evokes the possibility of life and survival with a great deal of skill, depth and internal light.
– Judith Eglington
Born in Toronto, L. KOLTUN is an interdisciplinary artist who reveals new meanings through defamiliarization. She seeks to create unsettling works inspired by a fascination with deep-rooted societal behaviours and with suppressed, disputed or disregarded values. Following a distinguished career as a cultural executive and Canadian photography scholar, she completed a BFA at the University of Ottawa in 2014, winning two awards. She has completed sculptural and painting commissions and has exhibited still and moving imagery, as well as installation and performance works, in Ottawa and several other Canadian cities. She sits on the Board of Directors of the Ottawa Art Gallery while continuing as a longstanding Adjunct Research Professor in Art History at Carleton University. She is currently completing an MFA at the University of Ottawa.