7 Dec 2023
Artist Talk with Kenzie HousegoLearn more
Join Grande Prairie native Kenzie Housego (BFA ’09, Print Media) as she discusses her art practice and the works in her TREX Wall exhibit, ' : Digital Courtship'.
December marks 1 YEAR for the TREX WALL!! The wall is a prominent space for Alberta-based artists to display their artwork, and it is located just outside the doors of the Art Gallery of Grande Prairie.
Kenzie Housego recently completed a Master of Fine Art specializing in new media at the University of Calgary, Mohkinstsis, in the Treaty 7 region of southern Alberta. As a multidisciplinary artist, her practice includes fibre, embroidery, new media and assemblage mediums. The use of technology within her research, such as LEDs, Arduino microcontrollers, texting, and screens, symbolizes the virtual realms in which we participate as a society. The virtual encompasses social media platform activity, online personas, online dating and online branding. The digital world has become ubiquitous in communication, shaping contemporary society, particularly in online representation.
It’s important to her that her artwork always invites interactivity, encouraging viewers to shift from passive observers to active co-producers as they engage with the digital media, experience other points of view, and, ultimately, form their own individual meanings.
' : Digital Courtship' explores contemporary courtship, romance, technology, and historical signs and signifiers connected to dating and romance.
Housego has had the opportunity to showcase her art nationally and internationally at the Beakerhead festival in Calgary, CURRENTS festival, Santa Fe, New Mexico, Rome MakerFaire, MakerFaire Bay Area in California, Fashionwear New York, CES Vegas, Xiamen Fashion Week, China, CES ASIA, Shanghai, China, Dublin, Ireland and at a two-week art residency in Shenzhen, China.