About the Artist
Kathryn Wadel is an interdisciplinary mixed media artist living in Burnaby, British Columbia. She graduated with a BFA degree from Emily Carr University of Art + Design and is an associate of the James Black Gallery. Kathryn’s ecology-inspired mixed media paintings and installations evoke forms that celebrate environmental and cultural diversity. She utilizes painting, drawing, projection and community engagement to express contemporary relationships between art, culture, science and social practice. Kathryn’s work has been featured in various exhibitions and festivals in British Columbia and has work in private collections across Canada.
Throughout Kathryn’s creative process, she investigates the ecological relationships between humans and nature, exploring the social and environmental relationships that generate fertile grounds for cultural growth and environmental sustainability. Her work, “Temporal Existence”, presents a public art intervention that engaged with her community. Kathryn entered the public sphere as an archivist documenting the ephemeral moments of Burnaby commuters. Layering acrylic, ink and watercolour, the imprints on paper visualize the vibrant community that calls Burnaby home. Families, students, adults, children, elders, dog walkers, joggers, construction workers, and cyclists all sharing the same path — sharing the same space through different moments in time.