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The University of Waterloo Art Gallery (UWAG) and the Department of Fine Arts are pleased to present an online event featuring artist and MFA alumni Amanda Rhodenizer in conversation with Emma McKay. They will be discussing Amanda’s series of paintings O’er the Western Hills, on display at UWAG and online until December 8.
O’er the Western Hills was conceived by the artist in collaboration with her subjects, including students, temp workers, teachers and retirees, who are actively engaged in work from a range of specialized STEM fields including fire safety, water quality, wetland conservation, site remediation, regenerative permaculture, ethics and justice, accessibility and outreach, and astrophysics. Despite their many professional accomplishments, the lived experiences of these members of the science community remains largely dominated by masculinity, whiteness, hetero-cis-normativity, and other forms of privilege. Rather than acting as a recruitment for Women in STEM, the thirteen paintings in the exhibition are intended as a collection of portraits of female and non-binary workers sharing their experiences.
Please register online at Eventbrite and join us for an informative and engaging conversation between artist and curator, moderated by Ivan Jurakic, Director/Curator of UWAG.
Amanda Rhodenizer holds an MFA from the University of Waterloo and BFA from the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design. Her work has been included in group exhibitions at the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia, Orillia Museum of Art & History, Kitchener-Waterloo Art Gallery, and Art Mûr. Recent projects include “The Larger Forgetting” a collaboration with poet Laurie D. Graham, and “Parallel Play” at ARTsPLACE, Annapolis Royal.
Emma McKay works with physicists to spread radical critiques of the way we do science now. They are focused on how modern science is connected to the military, extraction, and colonialism, and how educational community building around diversity can help. They are completing a PhD at McGill University. They tweet @electroweak.
O’er the Western Hills is on display in UWAG until December 8. For more info or to book a viewing please visit our website.
The University of Waterloo acknowledges that much of our work takes place on the traditional territory of the Neutral, Anishinaabeg and Haudenosaunee peoples. Our main campus is situated on the Haldimand Tract, the land granted to the Six Nations that includes six miles on each side of the Grand River. Our active work toward reconciliation takes place across our campuses through research, learning, teaching, and community building, and is centralized within our Office of Indigenous Relations.