Chute’s residency is now in full swing! The duration of the residency is for the period of one full year, ending October 31st, 2013.
On behalf of Harcourt House staff, Board of Directors and Harcourt House members I would like to welcome Alexis Marie Chute as Artist in Residence for 2012/2013 at Harcourt House Artist Run Centre. We are all looking forward to being apart of Chute’s artistic development for the duration of a whole year. Her enthusiasm is refreshing and it will be great to have her energy around during those gloomy winter days. Congratulations Alexis Marie!
Brittney Roy, Programming.
A little bit about the artist and the plans she has for her residency…
Alexis Marie Chute is an innovator of fine art photographic practice including pure photography and mixed media artwork. She completed her Bachelor of Fine Art at the University of Alberta in 2007 and studied at Media Design School in Auckland, New Zealand, where she lived and worked for two years. Alexis Marie is on the cutting edge of her chosen mediums and has garnered an international reputation, receiving over 20 awards for her art since 2008. Alexis Marie Chute remains an active artistic presence in Edmonton where she lives, works and teaches fine art photography.
PLAN OF ACTIVITY
During my year as artist in residence I plan to continue my work on the subject of the human condition in which we search for meaning within life and in death. I represent this search through the portrayal and creation of artwork depicting the human landscape. I have found this subject becomes extremely relevant in the presence of natural life cycles; birth and death and through our grief response. This has been my experience.
My research focuses on expanding the vocabulary of birth, death and grief with the aim of new expression that is removed from cliché. Research will continue to look into old world ideas of representation of death and its meaning through such means as memento mori and vanitas, incorporating these ideas into our modern understanding.
I will develop my concept and research into an experimental and cohesive body of work which will hone and unite my ideas in this area. Having a dedicated studio in which to work is key in this development as it will afford a focused environment for production as well as an artistic community to engage and participate within for the sharing of ideas and approaches to creation. Being chosen as artist in residence will be a turning point for me in my artistic career. I greatly look forward to connecting with the Edmonton art community on a deeper level, with its artists, art educators, supporters, and galleries.
My artwork is mainly mixed media including painting, photography and collage. Photography is one of my primary mediums and I hope to experiment with combining photography and encaustic painting. Also, I have recently begun making sculptural works which I will further develop within my concept.
Check out her website for more on Alexis Marie, www.AlexisMarieChute.com
Image Credit: Chute, The Quiet Rebuild, wood sculpture, 9″ x 8″ x 17″, 2012.
For more information on the Harcourt House Artist in Residence Program, please contact Brittney Roy, Harcourt House, 780.426.4180
© 2012 Harcourt House Artist Run Centre