In my art practice the acts of learning and sharing are seen as a means of situating ourselves in place. Through art residencies I engage with new communities, materials and sites, making works that document and embrace the accidents and errors that are inherent in the learning process. This is a form of outreach that negates the binaries of master/student, artist/viewer and instead encourages vulnerability from all participants. As an immigrant artist working in a semi-rural community, my work is concerned with the role distance plays in building belonging in our contemporary communities and environments. I am interested in the ways that repetition, through re-learning and re-telling, can address the problematics of distance and the complexities being IN place.

Anne Steves is a Welsh/Canadian interdisciplinary artist working on Vancouver Island, British Columbia. She received a BFA in Visual Arts from Emily Carr University of Art and Design and an MFA in Studio Practices from the University of Victoria. Her work has been exhibited across Canada and the UK. She has recently participated in the Canadian Craft Biennial residency and the NOVA Young Welsh Artist exhibition.

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