Emily van Lidth de Jeude
multimedia visual and literary artist
Bowen Island, Canada

My work has been described as messy, rough, honest, and emotional. It tends toward new media, installation, performance, and books, and is often political, or community-centred.

I am interested in the impressions that past experience and heredity leave on us and on our existence as earth-dwelling social animals. My work often alludes to or revolves around my own search for identity, as a child of divorced and displaced parents, born and settled onto unceded Squamish territory, and raising my own children in what is currently a maverick ideology (unschooling), with the intention of allowing them to discover and create their own paths. Everything I do is an effort to illuminate humanity so that we see each other and the places we inhabit in new light, with compassion, curiosity, and a feeling of belonging. I believe that art happens in the individual experiences between the one person's creative expression and another's creative interpretation.

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