Great West Life Mezzanine Exhibition
Meg Yamamoto is a Canadian artist born and raised in Calgary, Alberta. She received her Bachelors of Fine Arts with Distinction in Visual Studies at the University of Calgary, completing her degree through a Study Abroad program in Berlin, Germany in 2014. She was awarded the University of Calgary Silver Medallion in Art in 2015, and spent the following two years studying the geometric, structural, and symbolic properties of Hiberno-Saxon Knotwork.
Meg is currently beginning her second and final year as a Master of Fine Arts candidate in Visual Arts at the University of British Columbia’s Okanagan campus. Her research is funded by the Joseph-Armand Bombardier CGS Master’s Scholarship from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC), and she received a University Graduate Fellowship as well as the Graduate Dean’s Entrance Scholarship from the University of British Columbia. Meg’s research explores the process of connecting to place through creating place-based art in the perspective of an artist immersed in an unfamiliar environment.
“Having moved to Kelowna in July 2016, the purpose of my work has been to create an expression of my experience of the Okanagan. This series of zinc plate etchings are representations of some of the various lifeforms I have encountered in my time in the Okanagan. The etchings are drawn in isolation and detail, suggesting careful observation, but with the inclusion of some interpretation – stylizations reflective of my own cultural backgrounds – to remind the viewer that these works are an expression of a perspectival experience. Through interaction with the lifeforms in the form of observation, I develop a greater familiarity with the subject of the etching, which results in a richer understanding of the lifeforms I am now living amongst. The printmaking process allows me to print and reprint the same plate, reflecting the way in which lifeforms become a greater part of one’s place understanding as it is repeatedly re-encountered.”