Liljana Mead Martin — Artist Talk

Current Artist in Resident Liljana Mead Martin will share some of her work with us on  Tuesday, April 24 at 7:30pm in the KIAC Ballroom. Come on out a see her work and find out what she is working on while in Dawson City! Free event!

Liljana Mead Martin is an interdisciplinary artist based in Vancouver, British Columbia. Martin explores the boundaries and mergence between urbanism, ecology, architecture and the body. Investigation into embodiment, residential space and questions around home, displacement and belonging are based in her lived experience of growing up a tri-national citizen between Canada, the U.S. and Australia. She develops site responsive projects through drawing, sculpture, ephemera, performance and alternative platforms. Martin is a co-founder of Hyphenated Sites, a shipping container exhibition platform, and has shared her work at the Charles H. Scott Gallery (Vancouver), Recess (NYC), and the Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity. Martin holds a BFA from the Nova Scotia College of Art & Design (’10), and MFA from Emily Carr University of Art + Design (’16).


Project Summary

I have always been fascinated with the ways people carve out, create, sustain or move through the places we live in. For the residency at KIAC I will be developing new artworks and research that look at the potential meanings and applications of soft architecture, which is defined as the movement and changeability of an architectural structure to reflect the needs of the inhabitants. An exchangeable term for “soft” in this case could be kinetic, changeable or transmutable, however, in the context of this project I am playing on the double meaning of soft, as something that is flexible and responsive and offers a sensation to the touch. While in residence I will be creating performative and collapsable sculptures which dive into haptic encounters and emergent research.