following a narrow trail up through the bush behind the house, i arrive at a large field grown in with grass and low bushes, bordered by trees. pine and birch trees, mostly: the smell of the needles on the ground. it is my mother’s mother who tended a garden here, carrying the water. this asparagus was planted years before she ever arrived. i cut down the overgrown rhubarb and i cook jam, standing over the stove — steaming and sweating. in the underbrush there are small wild strawberries — a seemingly endless supply — though by now i understand that nothing is endless —

sophia bartholomew is a trans non-binary femme and an interdisciplinary artist. they are descended from norwegian, irish and english settlers, living in canada. they received their BFA from UBC in 2012, and co-directed connexion artist-run centre in fredericton, new brunswick, from 2012 to 2015. sophia has attended residencies across canada and in cuba, and has presented their work in public galleries and artist-run centres, including the new gallery (calgary), confederation centre art gallery (charlottetown), and third space gallery (saint john). their practice is guided by open-ended conversation, and collaborative work with other artists. they currently live in new westminster bc, on unceded coast salish territory.


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