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Bio
Since retiring from a lengthy career as a clinical psychologist, Lyn has studied visual art at Thompson Rivers University. In 2019 she was awarded a TRU Undergraduate Research Experience Award Program scholarship, and in 2020 she will complete her BFA. Lyn exhibits paintings, drawings, collage, photographs, sculpture and installation art at galleries and community venues. Two of her works have been acquired by TRU’s Permanent Collection.
Statement
I choose strategies and materials opportunistically, melding freely the media best suited to any project. The strategies may include the traditional avenues of expression that have been travelled by our species for 30 millennia or more — drawing, painting and sculpture — and more recent approaches such as photography and installation. Similarly, ancient fibre art techniques such as wool felting and knitting may be married with electronic microcontrollers and programmable light strings, while a life-sized paper-mâché pig might be the front man for a video about factory farming and rain forest destruction. Much of my work revolves around a single focus — generosity. While the Earth homes us with abundance, we are often rapacious in our approach to the riches offered us by the Earth, despoiling our planet, and too often we fail to share fairly those riches with others, destroying social harmony and human lives. One positive aesthetic expression of this critical social stance is a desire to create beauty and, where possible, the delight of the unexpected. The absence of beauty leaves our lives and artworks stale and flat; without novelty, our life and art become boring. I understand art as a pursuit of joy and surprise.
Curriculum Vita
EXHIBITIONS JURIED GROUP EXHIBITIONS 2019 Art in Public Spaces Program. April 04 –March 26, 2020, Kamloops Arts Council, Kamloops, BC 2018 Chahal Priddle/Thompson Rivers University Exhibition. August 2018–May 2020. Chahal Priddle Law Office Gallery (now Gallery 645), Kamloops, BC Privacy Settings. July–August. REpublic Gallery, Kamloops, BC Formation Inspiration. March 03-April 14. Salmon Arm Art Gallery, Salmon Arm, BC 2016 An Interrogation of Ignorance and Folly, March 06 – 25. Salmon Arm Art Gallery, Salmon Arm, BC CURATOR’S INVITATIONAL GROUP EXHIBITION 2017 No Time To Say ‘Hello, Goodbye’. Curated by Terryl Atkins. September 27 – October 13, Thompson Rivers University Art Gallery, Kamloops, BC OTHER GROUP EXHIBITIONS 2019 From the Selfie to the Self. 12-31 October. Thompson Rivers University Art Gallery, Kamloops, BC Visual Arts Diploma & Certificate Exhibition, March 8-22. Thompson Rivers University Art Gallery, Kamloops, BC 2018 Life Drawing: A Group Exhibition. .September 24-October 12. Thompson Rivers University Art Gallery, Kamloops, BC Visual Arts Diploma & Certificate Exhibition. April 20-May 05. Thompson Rivers University Art Gallery, Kamloops, BC Arnica Members Show. March 9 – 17, Arnica Artist-Run Centre, Kamloops, BC 2017 Visual Arts Diploma & Certificate Exhibition. March 27 – April 07, Thompson Rivers University Art Gallery, Kamloops, BC Kelowna Art Gallery Members Show. December 04 –February 04, 2018. Kelowna Art Gallery, Kelowna, BC “That’s Not Fair” Biennale. January 30-February 09. Thompson Rivers University Art Gallery, Kamloops, BC 2016 Arnica Members Show. March 4 – 11, Arnica Artist-Run Centre, Kamloops, BC Into the Abyss: Painting. February 14 – 23, Thompson Rivers University Art Gallery, Kamloops, BC 2015 Plein Air & River(s) Run. September 19- October 02. Chazou Gallery, Kamloops, BC Works. January 30 – February 10. Thompson Rivers University Art Gallery, Kamloops, BC 2014 Tool Show, Thompson Rivers University Gallery, Kamloops, BC 2013 Please touch, Thompson Rivers University Gallery, Kamloops, BC PRESENTATIONS 2020 Not just bread and circuses: Spectator sport in the era of mass media as a potent tool for preparing viewers to support and participate in the continual wars of late capitalism. Presentation at Philosophy, History and Political Science 2020 Undergraduate Conference, Thompson Rivers University, Kamloops, BC The Uses of Beauty: Evoking Forest Ecosystem Relationships in the Context of a Climate Emergency. Presentation at Philosophy, History and Political Science 2020 Undergraduate Conference, Thompson Rivers University, Kamloops, BC INTERVIEWS 2017 With Robin Phelan (March 07), Re: Never Too Late to Paint. Thompson Rivers University, Kamloops, BC With Shelley Joyce (September 27), Re: No Time To Say ‘Hello, Goodbye’, , CBC Daybreak, Kamloops, BC 2015 Interview with Shelley Joyce (September 15), re: Plein Air & River(s) Run, CBC Daybreak, Kamloops, BC VISUAL ARTS EDUCATION 2020 (Expected completion) Bachelor of Fine Arts, Thompson Rivers University, Kamloops, BC. 2018 Visual Arts Diploma. Thompson Rivers University, Kamloops, BC. 2018 Visual Arts Studio Certificate. Thompson Rivers University, Kamloops, BC 2017 Painting & Drawing Certificate. Thompson Rivers University, Kamloops, BC 1967 Drawing and Painting. Vancouver School of Art, Vancouver, BC RESIDENCIES 2018 Kamloops Printmakers Society, Kamloops, BC AWARDS 2019 November – 2020 April. Undergraduate Research Experience Award Program Scholarship, Thompson Rivers University, Kamloops, BC Email: pals@telus.net Mobile: 250-320-1481
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