THE BREATHING WALL
TARYN WALKER & CONNIE MICHELE MOREY
THE BREATHING WALL
Taryn Walker is a queer, Indigenous artist of Salish ancestry whose work explores concepts of identity, tenderness, cycles of life and death, and the supernatural through drawing, printmaking, installation, and video.
In 2018 Taryn graduated from the University of Victoria with a Major in Visual Arts and a Minor in Art History & Visual Studies.
Most recently, in February of 2019 Taryn was the recipient of an Individual Artist grant from the First Peoples Cultural Council. This funding assisted in the creation of the work in her first solo exhibition 'Sentiments of a Swarm' at Arc.Hive Artist Run Centre by providing financial assistance in securing studio space, materials, and learning printmaking and bookbinding techniques.
Taryn was awarded the Diane Mary Hallam Achievement Award by the University of Victoria for academic excellence and commitment to the arts in 2018 and in 2017 she was also long listed for the Philip B. Lind Emerging Artist Prize, presented by the Presentation House Gallery for demonstrating excellence as an emerging video artist and photographer.
Her work has been presented in spaces and events such as Luna Arts Festival (2018), Integrate Arts Festival (2018), Bass Coast Music & Arts Festival's 10th Anniversary (2018), the Ministry of Casual Living Window Gallery (2018), the UVic BFA Exhibition (2018), and the UVic Audain Gallery (2018 & 2017).
CONNIE MICHELE MOREY
Connie Michele Morey lives and works on Southern Vancouver Island on the traditional lands of the Xwepsum (Esquimalt), Lkwungen (Songhees), Malahat, and Quw’utsun (Cowichan) Peoples.
Her studio practice explores the experience of home as ecological interdependence. Through site-specific performance, and participatory sculptures documented through photography and video, her work questions the relationships between ecology, displacement and belonging.
Connie's studio practice is influenced by childhood experiences living rurally off the land, while being surrounded by family traditions of masonry, construction and textiles. Her family history comingles settler and indigenous identities, and her studies in sculpture, ecology, philosophy, post-colonial studies and art education, have impacted her interest in displacement and the politics of marginalization.
She holds a BFA in Visual Arts from the University of Lethbridge, an M.Ed. in Art Education and a Studio-Based PhD from the University of Victoria. She teaches at the University of Victoria and Camosun College and has exhibited and performed in Canada, Europe and Southeast Asia.
We respectfully acknowledge the Indigenous Communities and Nations in whose territories we work and live on. Peoples whose historical relationships with the land and influence on languages, and cultures continue to this day: the XWEPSUM (Esquimalt) and LKWUNGEN (Songhees) WSANEC (Malahat, Pauquachin, Tsartlip, Tsawout, Tseycum), QUW'UTSUN (Cowichan), as well as Treaty 6 territory - home and traditional gathering place for the Cree, Blackfoot, Metis, Nakota Sioux, Iroquois, Dene, Ojibway/Saulteaux/Anishinaabe, Inuit, and many others.
The Breathing Wall exhibition takes place at the E & N Roundhouse on the unceded territories of the Xwepsum (Esquimalt) and Lkwungen (Songhees) Peoples.