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Library Research and Creative Practice Panel Discussion
March 5 @ 11:30 am - 1:00 pm
Three local artists will discuss the role of library and archives research processes in their creative practice to contextualize the relationship between information seeking and making art. The panelists are Alison Bosley, Carlos Colin and Heather Kai Smith.
Alison Bosley is an artist originally from Eaglesham, Alberta currently studying and practicing in Vancouver, BC. Her work focuses on the congruency between her writing and painting practice, using both mediums in tandem as a method of processing abstraction. Bosley’s research and artistic practices consider the effects of rapid urban redevelopment on the body, both individually and collectively. How might the foundations of the body self mutate within the monolithic white condo? And how does commodity become internalized by passage through these structures? Bosley is currently a writer-in-residence in PLOT at Vancouver’s Access Gallery. She will complete her BFA in Critical and Cultural Practices at Emily Carr University of Art and Design in 2019.
Carlos Colin is a Latin American artist, whose primary focuses are the concepts of baroque in our Latin American region, mostly in Mexico, how this is reflected and affected by elements and patterns since colonial times, and how we can see these baroque manifestations in the XXI century in Mexico and abroad. The research that sustains his artistic and theoretical production is through local, diasporic, and marginal perceptions, knowledge, realities, history, social movements, resistances, and subversions as expressions and didactics towards socio-cultural-political expressions. His research topics explore and connect the core cultural, social, theoretical, political, religious, historical and contemporary manifestations, juxtaposed with the manifestations of baroque as colonial legacy and ballast in contemporary Mexico, and by extension in Latin America. His areas of research include Latin American Art, Latin American History, Art History, Anthropology, Contemporary Art, and systems of Indigenous knowledge production.
Heather Kai Smith is a visual artist who currently lives and works in the unceded Coast Salish Territory known as Vancouver, BC. She completed her MFA at the Emily Carr University of Art and Design (2017), and her BFA in Drawing from the Alberta College of Art and Design (2009). Her current practice explores the potential embedded within archival images of protest, collectivity and intentional communities activated through drawing, observation and iteration. Rooted in the practice of drawing, her work has lent itself to projects in animation, printmaking and installation. Smith has attended residencies across the United States and in Germany, while exhibiting her work within a variety of institutional and non-conventional spaces. Smith has participated in and facilitated workshops and collaborative projects across Canada and the United States. Her visual work was recently exhibited in Beginning with the Seventies: Collective Acts, at the Morris and Helen Belkin Gallery in Vancouver, BC curated by Lorna Brown. She is also the founder of Great Women Animators: a database which documents the history of women in animation from the 1800s-now.
She is currently a non-regular faculty member in the Audain Faculty of Art at Emily Carr University of Art and Design.