I am a multimedia visual and literary artist living on Bowen Island, in Canada.
Although I studied mostly painting, printmaking, and mixed-media sculpture in the Netherlands and at ECU in
Vancouver, Canada, my creativity spills into whichever medium suits my moment. My work has been described as messy, rough, honest, and
emotional. It tends toward installation, performance, and books, and is often political, or community-centred.
The intention of my work is never simply to express something personal, but to express in such a way that viewers can
read their own stories into the work; experience their own revelations, and walk away with their own unique
experiences. I believe that art happens in the individual experiences that happen between the one person's
creative expression and another's creative interpretation.
I am interested in the impressions that past experience and heredity leave on us and on our existence as
earth-dwelling social animals. I am greatly influenced by emotional expressionism, human development and
the natural sciences. I find inspiration and joy in growing and wildcrafting medicinal plants and in the
rural lifestyle that I and my family lead. I am a mother and unschooler of two children, and an avid singer
of traditional ballads.
~ Emily van Lidth de Jeude