Artist talk with Natalie Purschwitz
December 9, 2014 – 7pm to 8:30pm
Plug In Institute for Contemporary Art is honoured to present a talk with Vancouver-based visual artist, Natalie Purschwitz on Tuesday, December 9th at 7PM. Purschwitz works across disciplines, seeking out spaces between art, design, performance and daily life. Her curiosities include anthropology, the notion of survival, clothing as a type of cultural production, and forms of display.
Purschwitz garnered international attention for MakeShift, a yearlong project for which the artist restricted herself to only wear clothes she made herself – from her undergarments to her shoes and sunglasses. She logged her daily attire through a blog that had a worldwide subscriber-base of thousands, exhibiting the end results at the Vancouver Art Gallery. Her work has been presented at the Japanese Canadian National Museum, the McMichael Canadian Art Collection and the Prince Takamato Gallery in Tokyo, Japan. She collaborates with dance and theatre companies, designing costumes and sets. She is currently working on an ambitious performance with Montreal choreographer Stephen Thompson. She teaches at Emily Carr University, where she received her BFA; she also has a degree in Archaeology and studied at Cooper Union for the Advancement of Art and Science. In 2012 she was a recipient of the Canada Council Paris Residency.
Plug In ICA gratefully acknowledges the support of the Canada Council for the Arts, the Manitoba Arts Council and Winnipeg Arts Council as well as donors, members and volunteers.