Taking ownership of our synthetic waste through art

A pop-up art exhibit at Vernon’s Caetani Centre by UBCO BFA graduate Carmen Winther

The materials are elegantly arranged, so precisely placed next to and on top of one another that it looks, at first, like I’ve stepped into an off-kilter interior design display. Lush and contemplative.

Yet, on a closer approach, the materials reveal themselves as foam, folded and draped. Mattress. Pipe. String.

“I work with synthetic waste materials to reinstill value into objects that would otherwise contribute to pollution,” shares local artist Carmen Winther, the Caetani Centre’s second UBCO Faculty of Creative and Critical Studies (FCSS)/Caetani Artist-in-Residence.

Winther is a sculpture and installation artist residing in Coldstream, British Columbia.

“I create art that encourages spectators to take pleasure in and ownership over the means of production and our synthetic waste.”

Winther first studied industrial design at the Ontario College of Art and Design University before transferring to a BFA program with a focus in sculpture at UBC Okanagan. Industrial design instilled in her a desire to produce functional and usable objects, which has greatly influenced her sculptural production.

“My exhibit, Prototypes For No Place, is a collection of experiments featuring discarded materials I’ve gathered and manipulated into speculative objects,” describes Winther.

This local artist graduated with a BFA in Visual Arts from the University of British Columbia, Okanagan in 2019.

“I’m interested in anti-capitalist theories and sustainability and I produce work that promotes self-sustainability and self-governance.”

Come meet Carmen and experience her show Prototypes for No Place during the opening reception on Wednesday, August 28th, 7pm – 9pm, as well as during gallery hours on Thursday August 29th from 11am-4pm in the Caetani Cultural Centre Studio Gallery.

This new partnership between UBC Okanagan and Vernon’s Caetani Cultural Centre is helping make artistic dreams come true for UBCO student-artists.

To have a residency funded by the new UBCO/Caetani partnership removes the barriers of the very-real financial challenges a number of artists face working full-time on their art career, explains Bryce Traister, dean of UBCO’s Faculty of Creative and Critical Studies (FCCS).

Caetani Centre’s Artist-in-Residence programs are available to artists working on creative projects anywhere from 2 weeks to 3 months in length.

The artist stays and creates at the Caetani Cultural Centre and is invited to share workshops, readings and exhibitions with the North Okanagan community.

For more information please visit our website www.caetani.org or contact the Caetani Centre at 250-275-1525.


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Janelle Hardy
Artist in Residence Program Coordinator
Caetani Cultural Centre
www.caetani.org/creative- residencies
250 275-1525

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