CHRISTINE BENNETT

I am a Jill-of-all-trades working professionally in Calgary’s marketing and creative industries. I completed my BFA Fibre at the Alberta University of the Arts in 2022 and currently administer every aspect of a corporate photo library. A regular exhibitor at comic conventions, the Calgary Stampede, and Christmas craft sales, I sell art, photography, and design files while supporting others in artist alley and craft communities. My husband and I live Calgary, Alberta, on traditional Treaty 7 territory. As a multidisciplinary artist, I used colour, subject, and material to construct layers and create a 3D work based around a picture frame for each piece in my submission package. Each piece contains multiple techniques such as photography, papercutting, and computer-aided design (CAD), along with found and upcycled materials. The three pieces are themed around my memories of meaningful places growing up in Edmonton, Alberta from 1977-1994, when urban and rural divides were not always so clear. Meatpacking plants and feed mills—for example—were still present in the 1990s. Through artmaking, I discovered ways to connect personally with the material, the past or ideas through memories, available photographs, and re-imagined compositions. 

What is remembered? What is forgotten? Who records memories? Destroys them? When are they revealed? Concealed? Where are they stored? Do old memories gain new meaning when re-examined through a contemporary or artistic lens? The broadness of memory and place is a universal human experience allowing viewers to enter the work and consider their own recollections.

Glen Arthur Culver and His Family
Mixed Media
8.5” x 11”
NFS

Whose Chair is There
Mixed Media
12” x 12” x 3”
NFS

No More Northlands
Mixed Media
11” x 13”
NFS