In Situ – April Matisz

In Situ – April Matisz

In Situ – April Matisz

My studio practice is rooted in biology and culture. I’m interested exploring personal and collective myths, histories, and identities, particularly from a biological perspective. How we think and feel, what we imagine and desire: these impulses are, in part, directed and informed by our biology and our environment. I investigate this through depictions of landscapes and bodies. The influence of the environment on the self, and the intersections of biology and culture, are themes found throughout my work.

My practice is interdisciplinary, drawing on phenomenology and the sciences, particularly ecology and evolution. My working method involves research, collecting reference materials, gathering and altering objects, and material exploration. I primarily draw and paint, but also employ print-making, photography, clay and installation.

Bio:

April Matisz is an artist and mother living in Lethbridge, Alberta. She holds a degree in Biology (UVIC 2005) and Art Studio (UofL 2009). She was awarded the RCA C.D Howe Scholarship for Art and Design for her undergraduate art studio work and an internship at the Smithsonian American Art Museum. She is the recipient of two Alberta Foundation for the Arts grants. Her painting series, Bodies Birthing Bodies, was recently purchased by the AFA for their collection. She is currently pursuing her MFA at the Emily Carr University of Art and Design.

Matisz’s practice spans drawing, printmaking, painting, and ceramics. Her research interests are varied: she explores the creatures and complex processes that make up the natural world, as well as the natural processes that have created us and continue to shape our lives. Her work draws on her knowledge of the sciences, as well as environmental philosophy and phenomenology.

Series:Gallery Exhibition

Date:April 16, 2022  -  June 4, 2022

Location:Casa - Passage Gallery

Cover of the Fall 2022 Casa Program Guide in brick orange with and illustration of pumpkins, leaves and a chickadee.

Casa Program Guide

The Casa Program Guide is produced three times a year; Winter, Spring/Summer and Fall. Inside the guide find listings for the upcoming class and workshop schedule, upcoming exhibitions at The Gallery, information about artists in residence and seasonal events in the building. Program guides are free. Pick-up guides at Casa or at facilities throughout the city.