Artist Statement I consider walking and cooking as research methods for art making. Using video, super eight film, photographs, sound, and writing as documentation sources, I delve into stories and experiment with ways to retell or re-construct narratives in sculptural and installation form. I use a range of media and materials in my artwork including print making, sewn structures and surfaces often involving video projections, audio and the assemblage of materials such as food, seeds, canvas and beads. The tactile nature of working with these materials is similar to the creative process of cooking. Each ingredient has a story and its origin or cultivation contributes to the meal, as do the materials that I bring together in my artwork. The emphasis on food and place resonate through much of my work and reifies the stories and meaning embedded and imbued on these elements.
Bio In addition to being an artist, Lisa Myers is an independent curator, musician and chef. These disciplines inform her various practices. She grew up in southern Ontario. Lisa's Mother's family is Anishnaabe and French from Shawanaga and Beausoleil First Nation in the Georgian Bay region, and her Dad is from English and Austrian ancestry who settled in southern Ontario. In 2011, Myers earned her Master of Fine Arts in Criticism and Curatorial practice from OCAD University, which focused on the use of food in Indigenous art practice. She has exhibited her work in solo and group exhibitions in venues including , Urban Shaman (Winnipeg), Art Gallery of Peterborough and the Art Gallery of Ontario. Lisa works and lives in Port Severn and Toronto, Ontario.
Curatorial Statement My research considers the encoding and the role of materials as signifying power relations and sense(s) of value. I take these ideas in different directions in my curatorial projects to examine commodity chains, performance of materials, customary and cosmological value focusing on Indigenous art in North America. I originally began this line of inquiry with considering food as a material in artwork by Indigenous artists. My independent curatorial projects include "NOT SO FAST" (2013) at York Quay Centre at Harbourfront in Toronto and "past now" (2010) at the MacLaren Art Centre, "Night Kitchen Under the Table Top" (2012) for Nuit Blanche at OCAD U, and "Recast" (2014) at Gallery 44.
Recent Traveling Curatorial Projects Reading the Talk continues at the Art Gallery of Peterborough, from September 12, 2015 through November. This exhibition will travel to its final location at the MacLaren Art Centre in Barrie, Ontario, opening December 3rd!!! Co-curated by Rachelle Dickenson and Lisa Myers
Reading the Talk presents how contemporary artists Michael Belmore, Hannah Claus, Patricia Deadman, Vanessa Dion Fletcher, Keesic Douglas and Melissa General engage their artworks in critical conversations about relationship to lands, region and territory, while considering distinct indigenous perspectives on the history of treaties in this land now referred to as Canada. These artists lead us through contemporary perspectives that expand concepts of land value beyond resource extraction and private property interest.
Upcoming Exhibitions and Projects
Artist in residence at the AGO from September 8th to November 6th, 2015.