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The UN/makers

Welcome to the network section of the UN/making Network in which the project provides introductions to other creatives working to help slow, disrupt, rectify, reduce, stop or repair colonial, industrial, capitalist, patriarchal and petrol centric perspectives and gestures towards land. Read a brief bio on each of the artists and then click on the links below to visit their websites or register for a series of free online artist interviews that dig deeper into un/making as a mindset, concept, process or outcome.  If you know an artist who would help to expand the discussion and definition of unmaking within the sphere of visual arts, send us a link to their website or other pertinent social media. 

Twyla Exner

Salvaging as UN/making 

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Twyla Exner is a Canadian artist who currently resides as a visitor on the Tk'emlúps te Secwépemc territory, situated within the unceded ancestral lands of the Secwépemc Nation. Inspired by the wonders of nature and electronic equipment gone awry, Exner, both fascinated and repelled by technology and its increasingly invasive role in our daily lives, uses the materials and imagery of discarded electronics to arrive at wondrous and worrisome installations, sculptures and drawings that propose hybrids of technological structures and living organisms.


Holding a MFA from Concordia University (Montreal, QC) and having exhibited widely across and outside of Canada,  Twyla is now an Assistant Professor at the Thompson Rivers University in the Department of Communications and Visual Arts in Kamloops, BC.  To read her interview, visit the November 3, 2022 blog post Salvaging as UN/making.  To view more of Twyla's work visit her website.

Michelle Wilson

Empathy as UN/making 

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Thank you to those who were able to for join us during the live online interview on Thursday, November 10 with Michelle Wilson.  To watch the recording of the interview, visit the UN/making Network on Youtube.

Michelle Wilson is an artist and mother currently residing as an uninvited guest on Treaty Six territory in London, Ontario. Successfully defending her SSHRC and OGS funded Ph.D. in May 2022 at the Western University, as a feminist of settler descent studying in colonial institutions, Wilson’s dissertation investigated and confronted the Euro-American archive and how the bodies of other animals are used to convey colonial knowledge systems, with their stories of survival used to perpetuate myths of "settler saviours."
 

Michelle’s ongoing projects include leading the Coves Collective, a group of art activist engaged in actions on the Land that challenge ideas of ownership and conservation, that is spearheading the ReMediating Soils Project; an interdisciplinary working group creatively responding to the idea of soil as a relational medium.  To see more of Wilson's work, visit her website.

Sharon Kallis

Removing and Back Sourcing as UN/making 

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Join us for a live online interview on Thursday, November 17 at 7 pm.

Sharon Kallis (she/her, they/them) is a community engaged environmental artist and committed life-long learner who began working with materials from the land in 1999. While living as an uninvited guest on the unceded land of the Sḵwx̱wú7mesh, Səl̓ílwətaʔ/Selilwitulh and xʷməθkʷəy̓əm Nations, Kallis is learning while teaching – teaching while learning – and is the founding executive director of EartHand Gleaners Society in which she partners with ecologists, gardeners, weavers and others interested in linking traditional hand technologies to what we can grow, gather and glean in our urban green spaces.

 

Kallis's use of the “one mile diet” approach to sourcing art materials has led to experiments in bio-remediation through up-purposing invasive plants and park design with planting choices that foster community connection back to place, the seasons, and our shared pre-industry cultural traditions. To learn more about Sharon, visit her website.

Rachel Epp Buller 

Writing and Walking as UN/making 

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Rachel Epp Buller is a visual artist, feminist, art historian, professor and mother of three who holds a PhD in art history and an MFA in creative practice. Much of her artistic, written, and curatorial work has addressed the maternal body and feminist care in contemporary art contexts. Her current writing and artistic research explore slow practices, such as walking and stitching, with a particular focus on letter-writing as an act of relational care and a radical intervention into practices of academic scholarship. She privileges collaboration across disciplines and geographies and has contributed essays to many edited collections, journals, and exhibition catalogues.  Also regularly reviewing books and exhibitions for Woman’s Art Journal, Hyperallergic, and others journals, Rachel is also a board member of the National Women’s Caucus for Art, a certified practitioner in Deep Listening, a Professor of Visual Arts and Design at Bethel College (KS/US), and exhibits and speaks about her work internationally. To read her interview on unmaking, visit the November 25th blog post on Writing and Walking as UN/making.

 

To learn more about her practice, visit Rachel's website.