Artist Residency 2012-13
Between October 2012 and October 2013, I was an artist in residence for The City of Calgary’s WATERSHED+ program.
I worked at Ralph Klein Park, TELUS Spark Science Centre and The Water Centre, where I learnt from a range of specialists including water engineers, planning engineers and scientists about how water moves through city infrastructure. I made drawings and etchings in consultation with various City employees whose knowledge, data, maps, models, photographs and stories helped me understand how Calgary’s Bow and Elbow rivers flow under normal circumstances and during flood events.
In June 2013 a 100 year flood event hit Southern Alberta and devastated many areas including the one I’d focused my research on. Because my practice was already based on responding to people and place, my work evolved to respond to the flood event through continued conversation, drawing and printmaking.
WATERSHED+ is an innovative and unique public art program hosted by Utilities and Environment Protections department (UEP) of the City of Calgary. The program was developed by artist team sans façon through the UEP Public Art Plan.
It aims to develop awareness and pleasure in the environment by creating a climate of opportunity for water initiatives to build an emotional connection between people and the watershed.
Their Artist Residency program supports national and international creative practitioners working on issues relevant to the watershed in Calgary to develop, experiment and make new work.