By offering an experience in the emotive landscapes of the country, this residency expands the space within each artist for contemplation, inspiration and creativity, while physically drawing closer members of the Canadian cultural & arts communities.
The Canadian Wilderness Artist Residency was inspired by The Peel Project — a documentary about the journey of six Canadian artists, paddling into the Arctic Circle for the first time. It highlights some of the landscape, wildlife and people of the Peel River Watershed in northern Yukon/ Northwest Territories. More than a film, The Peel is a unique story about the intersection of art, science, and the Canadian wilderness.
Joseph’s sculptures, paintings and collage boldly introduce him as a Canadian artist to look out for. Tisiga’s Indigenous ancestry — Kaska Dene from the Liard River First Nation — informs the breadth of his practice, which grapples with issues of identity, historicism and tropes of representation. Tisiga’s practice most notably tasks viewers with negotiating what looks like abstract and folkloric pictorials from the very real politicized contexts that underlie his work.
Marten is a visual artist, film maker and photographer living with his family and practicing his art in the boreal forest upstream from Whitehorse, Yukon in Canada’s subarctic. With an artistic practice inspired by the land and our relationship with it, Marten paints digital canvases of our inner and outer geographies. His works have appeared locally, nationally and internationally in print, theatres, galleries, festivals and conferences. A project currently in progress entitled Hart to Heart, inspired by the Yukon’s Peel watershed, merges visual art, performance and film.
COMMUNITY BUILDER | DESIGNER | BRAND STRATEGIST
Jocelyn is a communicator, community builder and brand strategist. She loves fostering communities, sharing stories and raising awareness of experiential learning. Since 2012, she has helped summer camps, school districts and new forms of community get to the “why” in order to excel at the “how” and “what.”
Calder Cheverie is a film maker, outdoor educator, youth-worker, and is currently completing his M.Ed. in Nature-Based & Place Conscious Practices and a GDE in Indigenous Education: Education for Reconciliation at SFU. In 2014 he led a group of six artists to the Peel Watershed for a 21-day canoe trip through northern Yukon and NWT. There he co-directed a documentary following the expedition, which is now showing at festivals across North America. Calder is an advocate for youth-access to nature and exploration of the creative process through remote wilderness travel.
Geneviève Paré likes to switch between bow and stern with the Canadian Wilderness Artist Residency. You will likely meet her on the river reciting Robert Service poems and handing out dried mango. For fourteen years she has been trying to decide between a career in the arts, or a career in eco-adventure, and it seems she will not be making up her mind. Geneviève is a freelance theatre, and puppet artist and Co-Artistic Director of Mudfoot Theatre. She is an avid outdoors-woman with a special fondness for snowshoeing, sea-kayaking, and of course canoe-tripping. In 2016 Geneviève and her team came in 1st voyageur and 5th overall in the 715km Yukon River Quest.
Anna Williams was born and raised in British Columbia and is a Chilliwack-based, multi-media artist, arts educator, whitewater-kayak coach and canoe-expedition guide. As a youth she spent 10 years traveling and competing for Canada in whitewater-slalom kayaking before shifting gears and completing a Bachelor of Fine Arts at the University of the Fraser Valley. Anna is now pursuing a Masters of Education in Art for Social Change at Simon Fraser University and working as an Education Programmer at a Fraser Valley art gallery and museum.
Sabine Burns lives in Alberta and BC seasonally, going where her work, passion and the strange take her. She is lover of life, mountain enthusiast, photographer, tree planter, and youth worker. She has been a guide through varied Canadian wilderness areas on rivers and trails for many years. She seeks to capture the mystery and the magic moments in her adventures and in characters that keep her company and steal her heart. She is ecstatic at the thought of bringing together her passions of art and of sharing the outdoors with CWAR.