Kathryn is a multidisciplinary artist currently based in Lekwungen Territory/Victoria, BC, whose creative practice is heavily influenced by her connection to land and living things. While her vivid paintings often verge on abstraction, she strives to balance the aesthetic with an underlying sense of environmental advocacy and awareness towards nature. Her recent work investigates the human experience of nature through an analysis of cultural and psychological factors. Utilizing her background in neuroscience, Kathryn’s oil paintings offer a critique of our cognitive and visual experience of nature by illuminating attentional biases we may hold against plants. Her creative process involves collaging, distorting, and manipulating imagery of nature, to question what we pay attention to and what we recognize. Kathryn is also interested in the status of nature within Western culture, and her work often references imagery of digital culture, consumerism, and the domestic. Her paintings shed light on the ways we consume and encounter nature, and by doing so, attempt to foster more mindful relationships with our natural environment. 

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Education

2021    B.F.A. in Drawing and Painting, OCAD University, Toronto

2016    B.A. in Psychology and Neuroscience with a Minor in Art History, Dalhousie University, Halifax


Solo Exhibitions

2022    but you can't breathe their exhales through a screen, 4 Corners Community Collective, Victoria, BC 


Group Exhibitions

2022    The Practice, Habit Coffee Chinatown, Victoria, BC

2021    The Meta Biennale, virtual exhibition hosted by ArtGate VR and Sweetpea Gallery 

2021    reVisiting, Esquimalt Community Arts Hub, Victoria, BC

2021    From the Ground Up, Between Pheasants Gallery, New Liskeard, ON

2021    Keep it Alive, Gallery 1313, presented by Sweetpea Gallery, Toronto, ON

2021    GradEx 2021, OCADU Kunstmatrix Digital Exhibition

2021    DisplayCase at Cedar Hill Arts Centre, Saanich, BC

2021    Under Construction: DRPT Thesis Works 2020-2021, digital exhibition hosted by

            OCAD University


Awards                                                                                                                                              

2021    Drawing and Painting Medal, OCAD University

2021    Nora E. Vaughan Award, OCAD University

2021    John Madott Fine Art Award, OCAD University


Publications 

2022    Unwritten: Stories of Significance, Rogers TV Interview

2021    CBC Hi, Art Weekly Newsletter                                                                                            

2021    Art Gallery of Greater Victoria 2021 TD Artist Guide                        


Projects and Collaborations

2022    Interior lobby display at SLATE Asset Management, Toronto, ON

2021    Beer label design for Collective Arts Brewing, Toronto, ON

2021    Participating artist at Toronto International Design Centre's "Back to School" Design Fair, Mississagua, ON


Relevant Experience                                                                                                                       

2020-Present    Art Instructor at The Paint Box School of Art, Victoria, BC

2019-2020       Floral Designer at Botany Floral Studio, Toronto, ON

2018-2020       Studio Monitor at OCAD University Plastics Fabrication Studio, Toronto, ON

2019                Art Teacher at The Arts Connection, Steveston, BC

Instagram: @trail.mix.fix

Contact: kathryn.emily94@gmail.com

Representation: Sweetpea Gallery

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