Reconstructing Resilience

Valerie Carew

Valerie Carew is a second year Graduate student in the Interdisciplinary Master’s in Art, Media and Design Program at OCAD University, where she earned her Honors BFA in Drawing and Painting. Her reflexive methodology explores ecological literacy, notions of dwelling and domesticity through a feminist perspective via sculpture/installation, textile media, photography and performance. She has exhibited internationally, including F Generation: Feminism, Art, Progressions in Melbourne Australia (2015), and The Feminist Art Conference in Toronto (2015). Her work is included in private collections internationally and has an extensive portfolio of freelance and privately commissioned work.

Carew’s work offers the viewer opportunities for mimicry by referencing the natural world through role-play. Her recent collaborative sculpture/installation at The Evergreen Brickworks: The Gall Pod Installation Project (Summer 2015) comprised an interdisciplinary fusion between pedagogy, ecology and public sculpture. Interactive pod-like dwellings constructed with a hay and twine weaving technique offered inhabitants the opportunity to experience what it might be like as a gall fly larvae, protected within the stock of the goldenrod plant.

Carew’s work considers this mergence of political, ecological, economic and cultural systems by proposing a juncture between human notions of dwelling and domesticity with those exhibited in the natural world via sculpture/installation, textile media, photography and performance. Her specific area of analysis highlights soil conservation and land consumed by suburban development with fallow farmland and meadow ecosystems in southern Ontario as her current site of ecological investigation. Her research examines modes of dwelling within this naturalized area, while reflecting on our human contemporary approaches to building and dwelling, with the intention of advancing of ecological literacy through embodied art practice by offering the viewer opportunities for mimicry by referencing the natural world through role- play.

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L—I Am A Woolly Aphid,

Textile Media, Paraphin Wax and accompanying photograph,

2015

M—Meadow Mushrooms,

Textile Media and Photography,

2015

R—The Weight (Inspired by The Meadow Vole),

Hay, Textile Media and Photography,

2015

 

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Meadow Mushrooms,

Textile Media and Photography, 

2015

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DSC02826Gall Pod Public Sculpture/Installation Project (Evergreen Brickworks)

Site Specific Collaborative Mimicry Project with Ashley Snook (IAMD Program) Hay and Twine Weaving.

2015

DSC02827Gall Pod Public Sculpture/Installation Project (Evergreen Brickworks)

Site Specific Collaborative Mimicry Project with Ashley Snook (IAMD Program) Hay and Twine Weaving

2015

DSC02828Gall Pod Public Sculpture/Installation Project (Evergreen Brickworks)

Site Specific Collaborative Mimicry Project with Ashley Snook (IAMD Program) Hay and Twine Weaving

2015

Photo credit: Laura Headley