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Landscape as Muse

Season Three - Episode 36

Migration with Jane Ash Poitras
Referencing a path used by Dene people thousands of years ago, we travel from one end of Alberta to the other, with painter Jane Ash Poitras. Beginning in the arid Milk River Valley, Jane photographs ancient petroglyphs and geological formations in the heat of summer. Then, in early winter Jane returns to her birthplace—Fort Chipewyan. Here on the shore of massive Lake Athabasca, Jane re-connects herself with the land and the spirit of her people. Finally back in her Edmonton studio, Jane combines paint, photographs, and numerous found objects into works that are inspired by these two disparate landscapes.