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Tessa Graham: Home as Place, Home as Pattern

Eastern Edge is proud to present Home as Place, Home as Pattern, a rOGUE Gallery exhibition by Tessa Graham! Join us for a reception for Tessa’s exhibition on Saturday, June 15th from 6-8pm, in the rOGUE Gallery! Snacks and refreshments will be served. Click here to RSVP to the event.

Geographically, physically and mentally our memories bring us places; within those places are patterns and routines that have embedded themselves in the search for familiarity, for home. They are inlaid in the colours, movements and sensations to which we become accustomed in our immediate surroundings. These photographs examine the relationship between memories in liminal places and my own continual grappling with what it means to be home in Newfoundland and Labrador. This series explores how engaging with the natural world through foraging is a process in and of itself. Memory and seasonal patterns can move thought processes through physical spaces, causing a shift in one’s sense of home; from a place you grew up to a place you choose to exist. It is to this fragile relationship with memory – between displacement and belonging – I feel drawn; it is here I feel the most at home.

Photo Credit: Sarah Kierstead

Tessa Graham is a visual artist, writer and educator living in St. John’s, Newfoundland. She
received her BFA in Visual Arts from Grenfell Campus, Memorial University in 2015, BEd
(Inter/Sec) from Memorial University in 2019 and is currently a MFA candidate at Grenfell
Campus, Memorial University. In her artistic practice, Tessa focuses on liminal relationships
between personal identity, geographical routines and the natural world. Her recent work
explores the notion of displacement and the feeling home through the process of documenting
seasonal foraging in Newfoundland. She primarily works with film photography with current
explorations focused on textiles and natural dye processes. She is a member of Eastern Edge
Artist-Run Centre, VANL-CARFAC and an active member of the arts community in St. John’s.