Charley Young’s new drawings indexically record unfixed and ancient sites. The Alberta Rockies and the Arctic glaciers of Svalbard are both unstable environments— their histories marked and visible. Mountains are monolithic tombs, their engraved rock faces illustrate their tectonic birth. Glaciers, with layers upon layers of visible accumulation and sedimentation, record travel. Both landscapes intersect in abrasion with one etching into the other. Their histories are presented like the lines of a hand—complex and intricate identifiers.
“As a child, the daughter of mountaineers, I traced the alpine landscape with my feet; traversing summits, glaciers, moraines, and rock faces. My approach to drawing mimics this direct, physical and exploratory interaction with site, using frottage, transfers and inventive processes. Through means of erasure, pressure and trace, I mimic the reductive nature of the environment and draft tactile impressions of places in flux,” Charley Young.
Originally from Calgary, Alberta, Charley Young holds an MFA from the Maine College of Art in Portland, Maine and a BFA from NSCAD University in Halifax, Nova Scotia. Charley has taught at NSCAD University and Mount Allison University. In June of 2014 Charley participated in the Arctic Circle Program—an expedition that led to the creation of site-based work in the northern territory of Svalbard, Norway. Her new Arctic drawings, influenced by this residency, engage with the relationship between landscape and artifact, and the intervention of human touch and visual perception.
Previous residencies include: The Banff Centre in Banff, Alberta; The Vermont Studio Centre in Johnson, Vermont; and Spark Box Studios in Picton County, Ontario in 2013. In 2012 Charley was an Artist-in-Residence at the Klondike Institute for Arts and Culture in Dawson City, Yukon Territory.
Charley has been fortunate to receive support from Arts Nova Scotia and has artwork in the collection of the Nova Scotia Art Bank. In 2012 she received the Charlotte Wilson-Hammond/ Visual Arts Nova Scotia Award and the Lieutenants Governor Award presented by the Nova Scotia Talent Trust. Her work has been exhibited nationally and internationally. Studio 21 has exhibited her work in Halifax, at Art Toronto and the Papier 16 art fair in Montreal.