From July 4-15, Halifax-based artist D’Arcy Wilson will serve as the artist-in-residence at the Cape Breton University Art Gallery. During this time, she will be creating new work, inspired by the Cabot Trail, to exhibit in the upcoming fall exhibition, Shaping the Shore: From Here and Away which will feature artworks by historical and contemporary female artists with a focus on cultural production in Cape Breton.
“I approached D’Arcy Wilson last winter to discuss the possibility of creating new work for a group exhibition in the fall at the CBU Art Gallery and a few conversations the idea for an artist-residency in Cape Breton logically developed,” says Karie Liao, CBU Art Gallery Curator. “Ms. Wilson’s interdisciplinary artistic practice is inspired by the wilderness but it is also highly critical of her own relationship to the natural world. I was interested to see what could arise from the intersection between Ms. Wilson’s visually poetic and at times conceptual artistic production, the artist’s keen sense of self-awareness within her changing environment, and the dramatic landscape of Cape Breton.”
Wilson is an interdisciplinary artist working primarily with performance. She received an Master of Fine Arts Degree from the University of Calgary (2008), and a Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree from Mount Allison University (2005). D’Arcy has exhibited her work across Canada in solo and group exhibitions, and has participated in various artist residencies. She sits on the board of directors at Eyelevel Gallery and she is also an art educator. She is currently an Assistant Professor in the Visual Arts Department at Memorial University, Grenfell Campus (Cornerbrook, NL).
Ms. Wilson will also discuss her current artistic practice and works in progress during an Artist Talk at the James McConnell Memorial Library on July 6, from 6-7pm. The talk is free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be served. This program is generously supported in conjunction with Arts Nova Scotia.