Kathryn Wadel is an emerging artist based in Vancouver, British Columbia. In 2017, she completed her BFA degree at Emily Carr University of Art + Design, with a Visual Art major and Social Practice & Community Engagement minor. Kathryn is an interdisciplinary mixed media artist, exploring the relationships between culture, art, science and social-engagement within her practice.
In February 2017, Kathryn curated and participated in the group exhibition Spacial Perception And Creative Entropy (SPACE). The artwork in this exhibit investigated parallels between scientific and artistic pursuits to facilitate discourse between the two fields and ultimately challenge the material constructs of reality.
Exploring similar themes to SPACE, in early 2018 her work will be featured in Leaning Out of Windows (LOoW), a four-year SSHRCC funded interdisciplinary art and science project, involving collaboration between artists and physicists to develop a shared understanding of how knowledge can be translated across disciplines and communities.
As part of her pedagogical practice, Kathryn is the coordinator and instructor at the DeSerres Studio. She facilitates and encourages art-making as a creative process through socially-engaged material play.
In Kathryn’s current studio practice, she explores cognitive processes that develop, strengthen and degrade memories and perception of reality.Within this body of work, she likens the material transformations from her projection sculpture and paintings to the cognitive processes of the mind that form, recall and recreate memories. As themes transfer from one medium to another, Kathryn questions what is lost, gained and abstracted by the mind.