Friday, April 9, 2010 - 6:00am - 7:00am
Recital Hall April 9, 2010
Near my hometown of Slave Lake there is a place we call Old Town. In my memory of Slave Lake, Old Town stands like a bookmark for a story. The few houses that still stand are all that was left when an entire town moved because of a flood that happened before I was born. There is no particular location then, only a story.
My work and my artistic research is about memory and about narrative, both of which are concerned with what is missing. It explores the ways that the events in our individual lives, our collective lives, become history and narrative. My work poses questions such as how these things become important to our present, whether and why it is important to remember, and what constitutes authenticity in memory.
Perhaps my paintings have been a way to do memory differently, to create a trace of memory, the marks on the canvas a tentative rebuilding. As I researched memory my paintings began to empty of the parts I could not articulate, and the spaces left became remarks on the process, on absence: blank spaces and the erasure of memory. The spaces stood in for the impossibility of representation, not only of memory but of forgetting.
Draney earned a BA, English Literature, University of Alberta; a BFA, University of Alberta; and a Master Applied Art at Emily Carr University of Art + Design, Vancouver. Her work has been shown at Latitude 53 in Edmonton, Power Plant in Toronto, Musee d’art contemporain de Montreal in Montreal, and the Other Gallery Banff Centre, Banff. She was winner of the 11th Annual RBC Canadian Painting Award and the Emily Carr Institute First Nations Award.