Venus in the Heat Shadow is a site-specific installation that takes archaeological clichés and places them onto a modern day BBQ party. Fertility, astronomy, and ritual become conflated with symbols of contemporary recreation like hammocks, spits, and charcoal. The exhibition critiques archaeological interpretation, informed by the artist’s experiences as an archaeologist.

Nicole Brunel graduated from the Painting program of the Alberta College of Art + Design. In 2014 she was a resident at the New York Studio Residency, and in 2015 she will begin the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign MFA Sculpture program. She also holds a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) degree in Archaeology, makes comics, music, and animation.