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Born 1999 and raised in Kitchener ON. In this body of work, Shannon Stehr’s images, objects, and vessels invite you to unravel, in part, the tightly wound stitching binding colonialist forms of production and community engagement. Through the material translation of handy-crafting and intuitive methods of research Shannon engages with her familial history (roots in Atlantic Canada, Newfoundland, and Western Canada, Southern Alberta) while synchronously placing herself within a broader narrative of cross-generational teaching, learning, and healing. Her practice is as informed by Albertan industrialized ceramics as it is by the East coast women’s craft collectives.

Artist Statement

My practice is equally informed by the creation of prairie town potter’s guilds, as it is by the initiatives of east coast women’s craft collectives. Through engagement with my familial history and archive (roots in Atlantic Canada, Newfoundland, and Western Canada, Southern Alberta), emerges a collection of vessels and images which place my sense of self, story, and, place within the broader narrative of cross-generational teaching, learning, and healing. Generations upon generations have encouraged handicraft practices as a material outlet for careful consideration and appreciation of arts and culture. It is my hope that the objects and video testimonies I produce may be a reminder of the channels through which we acquire new skills.

This work is guided by the traditional ideas of women as preservers — who restore all that is broken and forgotten. My own morality is encased in the work, as the residue of intuitive dying, weaving and manipulation. In this most recent body of work I present a visual dialogue between European colonial systems and my experience mending false narratives within them. My work is produced from a settler perspective and acknowledges the presence of the Beothuk, the Indigenous peoples who in the spring would often protect and live in the area of Fogo and Change Islands in Newfoundland, the place where my understanding of craft originates. My work is about the learning process, searching for opportunities to unlearn as I create.