Consequently, the eight resident artists diverted all the materials in this exhibition from Concordia’s waste stream and upcycled them into innovative artworks. In a time of climate crisis, it is critical to demonstrate the environmental repercussions of the art world, and alter the creative process to reflect our awareness of dwindling resources.
During this residency, each artist worked toward developing sustainable art techniques to share with Concordia’s community through workshop sessions, skillshares and public interventions. By examining where our materials come from, who made them and where they will go after the exhibition is over, the significant impact of eco-responsible art practices becomes clear.
Through transforming leftover t-shirts, miscellaneous items, and otherwise unfavourable items, the Art Matters x CUCCR Artist Residency aims to highlight how caring for our materials, ourselves and our community can help repair the harmful impacts of societal overconsumption.
The exhibition’s facilitator is Becca McKay and researcher-in-residence is Maddy Capozzi. Participating artists include Abigail Stushnoff, Anni Jefferson, Emily Spooner, Enok Ripley, Elinore Blanche, Salem Preusser, Scarlet Fountain and Sine Kundargi-Girard.
This event is situated on the unceded traditional territory of the Kanien’kehá:ka.