Photography, textile, object, ceramics
Andy Maple is a visual artist based in Tio’tia:ke/Montré1122222al. Her affinity with design led her to complete her first training in advertisement coordination. In 2020, she completed her Bachelor of Visual and Media Arts at UQAM. Andy’s work explores the ways culture codifies her relationships to the world, and her research is aligned with current ecofeminist theories. Her protean projects simultaneously come to life through the likes of installations, sculptures, images, and words. Her work has been presented in group exhibitions, notably at Espace culturel Georges-Émile-Lapalme and POPOP Gallery, and it is part of a few private collections. Andy Maple is also a member of Hibernal, a collective that reflects on winter as a material, a space, and an active conversation. She is also coordinator of the Les Encans de la quarantaine initiative.
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Andy Maple’s work explores the ways culture codifies her relationships to the world. Her protean projects simultaneously come to life through the likes of installations, sculptures, images, and words. In search of stories in the margins of progress, she tries to intervene between the narrative frameworks of the larger stories that have shaped her. Through a process that creates a dialogue between generally symbolic objects and imaginary objects that she constructs, she seeks to bring out parallel narratives in which success is not a means to an end. In her practice, she welcomes small insignificant stories as a starting point, like an opportunity to be actively noticing details and to question the ways we are framing and telling such stories. Her relationship with language is conflictual, but rich – a tension she plays with to oscillate between the possibilities and limitations of words. Beyond the boundaries of language, she conceives physical spaces in a poetic manner that is conducive to germinating forms that do not yet have words. Andy seeks to inhabit stories in a porous way, by making it live among soft, solid, and sometimes living structures. Aligned with the theories of ecofeminists Donna Haraway and Anna Tsing, her research interests are entangled with more-than-human presence in her immediate surroundings. Most recently, she has been questioning the state and significance of grief in a climate of global emergency. Andy wishes to reflect on the world through the cross-contamination of materials, forms, and bodies.