Haley Bassett’s Snare is an abstract, three-dimensional drawing created from blackberry canes and steel wire. The strength, lightness and flexibility of this natural material allows Bassett to build in any direction, filling the white cube of the Garage with three-dimensional lines and shapes. From a distance, the blackberry creates a composition of brilliant red, sweeping marks in space. However, closer inspection reveals the thorny and sinister aspect of these materials.
Snare continues Bassett’s investigation into the nature of trauma; she has chosen to use blackberry because of its aggressive and invasive nature. Much in the way blackberry invades vulnerable ecosystems, trauma has the ability to disrupt our life course. Snare transforms the garage space itself into a tumultuous inner landscape filled with wave-like formations of blackberry and their accompanying shadows.
About Haley Bassett
Haley Bassett (b. 1991) is a visual and social practice artist of Métis and Austrian-Russian descent from Dawson Creek, BC. She recently completed her Bachelor of Fine Arts at Emily Carr University of Art + Design in Vancouver. Bassett started out as a painter; however, her practice is now focused on sculpture and social practice. Her visual work explores how time, place, family histories and personal traumas converge as formational aspects of the self. She uses floral motifs and natural materials, including dried and fresh flowers, to create these coded narratives by drawing on the Victorian tradition of floriography (the language of flowers), the cultural significance of certain plants as well as her personal associations with them.