Two Inspiring Artists
Today we are celebrating local artists that foster respectful connections to the land, provide fresh ways of looking at our environment, and are inherently educational in their approaches.
To tackle today’s issues, we all need to be creative, nurture a meaningful connection with our natural surroundings and challenge the normalized consumer perspective. We believe these artists inspire us to do that and are honoured to acknowledge their work.
Sharon Kallis creates innovative public art installations through engaging and collaborating with community, using traditional hand weaving techniques and invasive plant species or garden waste. Sharon creates site-specific installations that become ecological interventions. These often emerge collectively and can be combined with oral stories that ebb and flow with the seasons.
Sharon discovers the inherent material potential in a landscape with a “one-mile diet” approach to sourcing art materials, through which a “site-responsive, collaborative improvisation with community unfolds”. Considering we are abundant with local resources, her work is a beautiful example of how meaningful environmental work can be sourced right from our backyards in a way that restores and brings people together, versus propelling an individual agenda and consumer global culture.
Based in Vancouver B.C., Sharon has engaged with communities and art at home, the U.S., Ireland, Mexico, and Spain. https://sharonkallis.com/
Lawrence Paul Yuxweluptun
Lawrence Paul Yuxweluptun challenges corporate culture, critiques resource extraction, provides a provocative narrative on the impacts of our colonial history and pushes the boundaries of contemporary aboriginal art. He uses Coast Salish cosmology, Northwest Coast formal design elements, and the Western landscape tradition, drawing on his own personal and socio-political experiences to enhance his work. Born in Kamloops, Lawrence was brought up in the Lower Mainland and attended the Emily Carr College of Art and Design in Vancouver.
Lawrence’s work has been displayed in many international group and solo exhibitions and is acclaimed for its ability to speak to issues that many artists shy away from. A few members of our team visited his exhibit at the Museum of Anthropology at UBC this summer, which left us contemplative, emotive, and moved. http://moa.ubc.ca/portfolio_page/lawrence-paul/
As we were not able to include all of the local artists that we find inspiring in our second day of giving, below are a collection of honourable mentions that we would like to highlight. Many of these local artists have worked or collaborated with Be The Change, helping us meet our collective visions. We are so grateful to continually have creative minds fuelling our work.
Marcus Hynes is a graphic designer, illustrator, and printmaker who aims to inspire a better appreciation of history, the environment and a sense of place through his artwork. His digital art draws inspiration from a range of areas, including the natural world, maps, and old-school video games. Marcus believes that art and creative expression can play an important role in encouraging personal and collective change. Marcus was one of our 12 days of giving singers on day 2. www.heymarcus.ca
Jennifer Holden is an intuitive storyteller who uses photography to heal and enliven the wild feminine. She captures the authentic spirit of women with each of her photographs, by taking women into nature and encouraging them to explore and embrace their inner intuition, raw instincts, and deepest feelings and longings. Through her photography sessions, Jen offers women the opportunity to heal historical trauma, unlock intergenerational memory, and access innate knowing. www.wildwomanstories.com
David Lavalle is an educator whose investigative documentary ‘White Water, Black Gold’ examines the impact of tar sands on the natural and human communities of western Canada and his most recent film 'To Ends of the Earth' explores how we are at with 'extreme' energy and has a teaching guide for high school classes.
www.whitewaterblackgold.com & http://endsofearthfilm.com/team
Zack Embree is a Vancouver-based photographer, filmmaker and creative consultant who uses artistic mediums to inspire social change. Zack’s film project ‘Directly Affected’ tells the personal stories of BC communities impacted by the planned expansion of the oil pipeline from the tar sands to BC’s coast, as well as charting the actions that Canadians across the country are taking to deal with the challenges presented by climate change, which will soon be is currently working on a full-length feature film.