Dear Marpole Community,
The Oak Park Fieldhouse has opened its doors to chART Public Art Marpole – a research project headed by Dr. Cameron Cartiere of Emily Carr University of Art + Design. chART will be bringing its exciting new public art project Border Free Bees to Marpole. Through community engagement, educational activities, social responsibility and of course creativity, Border Free Bees is a multifaceted project dealing with the ongoing concerns surrounding environmental sustainability and particularly our friends in agriculture: native pollinators.
chART’s 2-year residency will bring together community members, field experts, and creative partners from Vancouver and beyond. As such, I am honoured to have been asked to join the team as the Writer-in-Residence at the Oak Park Fieldhouse. From this vantage point, I will be regularly posting information about events and outcomes of the many projects Border Free Bees will be undertaking right here on this blog.
In tandem, I will be working toward the publication of an e-book on the subject of pollinators, and the various ideas germinating in this long-term project. You will be able to keep track of my progress right here, as I begin to compile research, notes and drafts. In this way, the project promises to come alive, shifting, evolving and growing as does a tended garden, or creative process.
I encourage you to come join us at our upcoming first Open House event, Sunday May 31st from 12:00-4:00pm. There you can meet members of the Border Free Bees team, learn how to make seed-paper, discover how you can contribute to the preservation of wild pollinators, and find out about upcoming public and community events, such as Marpole Community Day (June 6) and future Open houses (the last Sunday of the month all summer).
I look forward to seeing you all at the Fieldhouse!
Oak Park Fieldhouse
As a practicing artist and scholar, Kristina Fiedrich holds a graduate degree in visual arts funded by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research on the subject of bodily capacities and adaptability. A current MA candidate at Simon Fraser University’s School for the Contemporary Arts, Fiedrich is the recipient of a Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council Graduate Scholarship for her ongoing research about the living body, its relationship to socio-cultural systems and structures, the mediation of life via technological means and advancements in biomedical research. With an interest in both studio and research-based approaches, Fiedrich explores the various tangents of transformation, adaptation, visibility and representations of the body through her writing and art practices.
Kristina Fiedrich has earned diplomas in photography and printmaking, an undergraduate degree in studio art, Master of Applied Arts in Visual Arts from Emily Carr (2012) and is a 2015 candidate for the MA in Comparative Media Arts (SFU). Fiedrich has exhibited work in Kamloops (BC), Vancouver (BC) and San Francisco (CA) and has received awards for excellence in academics, printmaking and photography. Alongside her art practice, Fiedrich is an independent arts administrator, sessional faculty at Emily Carr University of Art + Design and founding member of the Journal of Comparative Media Arts Editorial Board.