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Maggie Groat

May 03, 2017

Maggie Groat is an interdisciplinary artist who works in a variety of media including paper, sculpture, textiles, site-specific interventions and publications. She studied visual art and philosophy at York University before attending The University of Guelph, where she received an MFA degree in 2010. She has taught at the University of Guelph, the University of Toronto, and at Emily Carr University of Art and Design, where she was the Audain Artist Scholar in Residence in 2014. In 2015 she was longlisted for the Sobey Art Award. Recently, her work has been included in exhibitions at Mercer Union, YYZ Artists's Outlet, Art Gallery of York University, Western Front, SFU Audain Gallery, Rodman Hall Art Centre, and Walter Philips Gallery. Her solo exhibition Suns also Seasons is on display at the Kitchener-Waterloo Art Gallery until June 11. She also has a collaborative project with Jimmy Limit in Critical Distance’s Signals & Sentiments group exhibition until June 4.

1. Unexplained podcast

Listening to the Unexplained podcasts leave me with lists of things to research, a tendency to stop and look behind my back, and memories of hours spent listening to coast-to-coast.

2. Zero-waste homes & package-free shopping

I am excited about the possibilities of having a zero-waste home. Package-free shopping is finally catching on and just became an option in the city I live in.

3. Theoretical spider apocalypse

I used to feel just fine co-existing with spiders in the places I lived until I finally lived in the same place long enough to experience their numbers rapidly increasing. Now, they are immediately relocated. And this was way before I read the article Spiders Could Theoretically Eat Every Human on Earth in One Year.

4. Milennial Pink

It's everywhere
. It’s called the colour that won't go away. I love it but also kind of hate that I love it. I am fascinated with the reasons for and implications of its longevity.

5. Indigenous Writes

Just after it was published in FUSE magazine in 2013, I sent Chelsea Vowel's The reports of our cultural deaths have always been greatly exaggerated to several members of my family, as the essay deeply influenced (and continues to influence) me in its calls-to-action surrounding Indigenous languages and their relationships to worldviews. I have just begun Vowel's recent publication Indigenous Writes, a readable and significant collection of writing about the relationships of Indigenous peoples and Canada.



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