I make a variety of two-dimensional works that are an examination of the connections between invasive species and the deterioration of ecosystems. I am reacting to the remnants of Imperialism that can still be seen in North American ecology today. I depict a variety of invasive species in my practice and contrast them with the native species that they are eradicating. I express environmental concerns for how desensitized we have become to the swarms of invasive flora and fauna around us. In a society that pushes the concept of “post-colonial,” I display the tensions within our environment, of native species struggling to survive within the ever-growing populations of invasive species, to show how the latter has colonized and shifted the native landscape permanently. I question if the land can ever actually be post-colonial if colonialism is imbedded in the physical spaces around us all.
These ideas are currently being explored in my body of work through drawings using archival ink, watercolour washes, as well as oil paints and woodcuts. The irreversibility of invasive species is reflected in the permanence of the ink I utilize.
Mariana Quinn is an artist based in Whitby and Hamilton, Ontario who works with archival inks to produce large-scale, mixed-media works. She is currently seeking her BFA at McMaster University. Quinn’s practice brings attention to the environmental effects that invasive species pose to the native plants and animals within North America today. Quinn is actively involved in multiple art communities. She has previously exhibited for McMaster University, the Whitby Station Gallery and the Members Exhibition, SWARM, at the Hamilton Artist Inc.