Kristin Nelson investigates the value of labour as seen through a disability studies lens and the body’s inevitable disintegration in time. By creating everyday utilitarian objects through time consuming practices such as weaving, Nelson questions the value of all mass manufactured objects and situates her work within the philosophical and theoretical discourses about labour. Her attempt to reposition how we view labour places value on the body itself, instead of on what the body produces.
Kirstin Nelson received her BFA in Visual Arts at Emily Carr Institute of Art and Design (2003) and MFA at Concordia University (2014.) She has exhibited work across Canada and abroad at: Musée Regional de Rimouski, Parisian Laundry, Skol (Québec); Art Toronto, Art + Design IDEA/EXCHANGE and Edition Toronto 2 (Ontario); the Winnipeg Art Gallery, La maison des artistes visuels francophone, Plug In ICA, Actul and RAW Gallery (Manitoba) and the Museo Textil de Oaxaca (Mexico). She is a mentor for MAWA and is on the board of Arts AccessAbility Network Manitoba. Her work is available through Lisa Kehler Art + Projects and is in private and public collections including those of: Boralex, BMO, the Province of Manitoba and the Winnipeg Art Gallery.
Setting the Table is a series of artist talks and weave-ins that explore how different people share community and support one another. It is a showcase of LGBTQ and Two Spirit artists, activists and leaders who present work on intersectional issues and allyship.
Following each talk, Paige Gratland will direct the group in an activity to help weave a portion of the place setting for the Branscombe House Pride Picnic and Social in August.
Lunch ‘n’ Learn, March 28, 12:00 – 1pm, Richmond Cultural Centre Boardroom, 7700 Minoru Gate
Please register using the form below. Free to join, materials supplied, no weaving experience needed, everyone welcome. Limit to 20 participants.