Artizein: Arts and Teaching Journal

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In this visual essay, I present an artistic inquiry I created as I examine the studio as a space to dwell, a space to daydream and a prompt for the imagination. I draw from previous research about artist studios and a visual archive created of objects within the studio as I re-imagine the studio as a collage; it is a place filled with odd juxtapositions of images, artworks, ideas and space that may produce new connections and imaginings. Through presenting the studio as both subject and process, I encourage readers to embrace the strangeness within familiar places.

Author Biography

Alison Shields is an Assistant Professor in Art Education at the University of Victoria. She received a PhD in Art Education from the University of British Columbia and an MFA from the University of Waterloo. She has exhibited her paintings across Canada and abroad, including a solo exhibition entitled Studio as Portal at McClure Art Centre in Montreal (2020), a collaborative event about Arts-based Research at the Tate Exchange Gallery in Liverpool (2018) and an artist residency and exhibition at the Skaftfell Centre for Visual Art in Iceland (2019). Her research focuses on painting, artistic inquiry, studio practices and artist residencies. Contact: alisonleashields@gmail.com | alisonshields.com



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