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 Lisa Myers is an independent curator and artist with a keen interest in interdisciplinary collaboration. Myers has a Master of Fine Arts in Criticism and Curatorial practice from OCAD University. Her recent work involves printmaking, stop-motion animation and performance. Since 2010 she has worked with anthocyanin pigment from blueberries in printmaking, and stop-motion animation. Her participatory performances involve sharing berries and other food items in social gatherings reflecting on the value found in place and displacement; straining and absorbing. 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. Her writing has been published in a number of exhibition publications in addition to the journal Senses and Society, C Magazine and FUSE Magazine. She is currently an Assistant Lecturer in the Faculty of Environmental Studies at York University. Myers is a member of Beausoleil First Nation and she is based in Port Severn and Toronto, Ontario.
Additional bio information: Lisa Myers is also a 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. She plays guitar in Toronto based bands Long Branch and Adaptor 45.
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 that consider the 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 "wnoondwaamin | we hear them" (2016); "Reading the Talk" (2014); "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.
Upcoming Curatorial Projects
Curatorial project "Carry Forward" at the Kitchener Waterloo Art Gallery, opening September 29, 2017.
wnoondwaamin | we hear them ON TOUR: Trinity Square Video - October 2016 White Water Gallery, North Bay, ON - 17 January to 04 March 2017 Art Gallery of Southwestern Manitoba - 30 March to 10 May 2017 Paved Arts, Saskatoon, SK - 03 November to 09 December 2017 Contemporary Calgary & Stride Art Gallery Association, Calgary Alberta - 14 September to 10 November 2018
Recent Exhibitions and Projects
"Walks of Survivance" exhibition with Farrah Miranda, curated by Srimoyee Mitra at Art Cite in Windsor, Ontario - May 2017
Cooking as Inquiry - a series of cooking workshops at Brickworks - June 2017.
Artist in residence at Guild Park Scarborough - June 2017.
Artist in residence at the AGO from September 8th to November 6th, 2015.