2014 Fall Artist in Resident
Presented by the Burnaby Arts Council
Janet Wang is a visual artist working within a traditional painting practice, integrated with sculptural installation practices and digital media. She received her Bachelor of Fine Arts from the University of British Columbia and her Master of Studio Practice from the University of Leeds in England. Her work has been exhibited in Canada, the United States, and the UK, and has been awarded residencies from the Arts Council of England, ArtStarts, and the Visual Arts Development Award by the Vancouver Foundation. She is currently is an instructor at the Art Institute of Vancouver.
During her residency, the artist will reference the tradition of landscape painting, and the Romantic practice of framing Nature as a sublime entity. The natural sanctuary of Deer Lake Park is in fact part of a larger city plan, and is thus Nature in the shape (or negative space) of the larger urban development. In the same way, our experience with nature is more often mediated, framed, and carefully filtered through pathways, signage, and the ubiquitous recording via smartphones and social media.
Janet will explore the landscape genre using photographs of the environment surrounding Deer Lake Gallery and the Burnaby Arts Council. Even in this age of constant digital manipulation, we are programmed to accept the photograph as a truthful document. By reframing, reflecting or distorting our perception of the landscape, the medium of the photograph can help us consider, but perhaps not capture, our immediate environment and intermediate experiences of Nature.
For more information about the artist, please visit www.janetwang.com