This summer, Assistant Professor of Art, Julietta Cheung, was selected as an Artist-in-Residence at the Banff Centre in Alberta, Canada. She used her time there to develop her project, Elinors—a sculptural reexamination of Jane Austen’s trope of the screen in her 1811 novel Sense and Sensibility. In addition to the luxury of being able to dedicate her time to her studio work, Cheung had her first opportunity to be in conversation with Canadian artists, musicians and writers. She found this to be an invaluable cross-cultural experience, as she was able to learn how Chinese and First Nation Canadians approached their art practices that deal with issues about alterity.
Cheung thought that because of Canada’s culture, their voice is different from what she has been exposed to in the past, this gave her a broader view of how contemporary artists globally deal with the effects of globalization. While the experience of being in a pristine national park within the Canadian Rockies was spectacular on its own, Cheung feels that the people she met there made all the difference in this unique residency.