performative making installation of A-Luring things
2 June / Friday, 7pm + 3 June / Saturday, ongoing drop-in 10am – 5pm
As part of the exhibition, Image to Text to Image, Anne J Steves invites the community to participate in her performative installation as part of her ongoing research into making processes and how they can connect community to environment. In the A-Luring project, Steves is working with the methods of making, common to the production of fishing lures, in an attempt to ‘capture’ community into the making of art.
The artist will ask participants to follow a series of written instructions that describe the making of fanciful fishing lures. Visitors will be provided with a selection of fun materials to work with including fashion textiles. Each participant will take home their unique ‘lure’ after it is documented and added to the gallery installation.
Anne J Steves is a visual artist working at the intersection of art and craft practices. Her practice examines the narratives of place and the ways in which craft materials, methods and aesthetics can draw out connections between the landscape (both constructed and natural) and those who dwell there. Her projects have included the use of embroidery, string figure making,
off-loom weaving and garment making. Steves’ work ranges from labour-intensive making processes, to ephemeral disturbances in the landscape, to community interactions sometimes documented and displayed online. She makes use of temporary residency opportunities that allow for the creation of new communities and conversations and draws upon these interactions to gain the materials of making. So far, these have included a year of surface recordings in a Ranger Station, a casting canoe journey down the Rideau River Canal System, an exploration of string figure making on Vancouver Island, and a study of traditional wool blankets in Wales.
Born and raised in Wales, Steves made British Columbia, Canada her home in 2000. Her work draws upon a strong Welsh heritage of craft making, as well as, the experiences of moving from place to place. Steves received a BFA from Emily Carr University in 2007 and an MFA from the University of Victoria in 2012. She has exhibited/intervened across Canada and the UK while teaching drawing, collage and textiles courses in various educational and community spaces.