2012 Photo Life Emerging Photographer Alexis Marie Chute’s The Quiet Rebuild explores the process of rebuilding a broken life after a devastating loss. Chute’s own life was forever changed after the death of her newborn son, and The Quiet Rebuild came out of that process of mourning and reconstructing. This artwork uses wood and photographs. Chute said, “Wood was a natural choice for me since I often think of human struggle and death as a forest fire. What comes after for people is like the regrowth that fights its way up between the charred trees. In my artwork I am attempting to rebuild the forest of my own life.” Her images present 12 “ordinary Canadians” (instead of models) who have faced struggles like divorce, death, violence and illness. Chute explained, “It was important for me to use local people in my art, because the idea is that people we encounter in our daily lives may themselves be quietly rebuilding their lives and you’d never know it.”
The Quiet Rebuild is on view at Harcourt House in Edmonton from October 24 to November 29. The opening reception will be October 24 from 8 to 10 p.m., and Chute will give an artist talk at 7:30 p.m.