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Emily Carr Life & Work by Lisa Baldissera
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Carr’s vision of the West Coast of Canada was a revelation to me as a young artist, born and raised in British Columbia, as was the rarity of her dual gifts, in creative writing and in visual art. In Victoria, where I lived for many years, I would sometimes hear stories from those who had living memories of her—even the small anecdotes were deeply inspiring to me. Especially moving was the realization that for Carr, finding a territory and a voice of her own was a lifelong journey.
Lisa Baldissera

Lisa Baldissera

Lisa Baldissera is an independent curator, writer, and PhD candidate at Goldsmiths College, University of London. In 2014 she curated the exhibition Convoluted Beauty: In the Company of Emily Carr, which considers Carr’s years in England to explore ideas of artistic identity. 

          Baldissera was Chief Curator at the Mendel Art Gallery in Saskatoon from 2012 to 2014. She is a Professional Affiliate of the University of Saskatchewan Department of Art and Art History. She holds an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of British Columbia and an MFA in Art from the University of Saskatchewan. She was Curator of Contemporary Art at the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria from 1999 to 2009, where she produced more than fifty exhibitions of local, Canadian, and international artists. She has served on contemporary art juries across Canada, including the RBC Canadian Painting Competition, the Hnatyshyn Foundation Visual Arts Awards, the Sobey Art Award, and the British Columbia Arts Council.

          In addition to Convoluted Beauty, Baldissera’s recent curatorial projects include Rewilding Modernity (2013), on the persistence of modern practices in contemporary art in works by Saskatchewan and international artists from the 1950s to the present; and Assume Nothing: New Social Practice (2009), on the revisionist and nostalgic strategies that reflect on the traditions of Joseph Beuys, contemporary social theory, activism, and microtopianism through works by international artists.

          Baldissera’s publications include the following exhibition catalogues: Ron Mueck (National Gallery of Victoria, Queensland Art Gallery, and Christchurch Art Gallery, 2010); Fantastic Frameworks: Architectural Utopias + Designs for Life (Art Gallery of Greater Victoria, 2006); Peculiar Culture: The Contemporary Baroque (AGGV, 2009), with Lee Henderson, on the work of Luanne Martineau and Jake and Dinos Chapman; Great New Wave: Contemporary Art from Japan (Art Gallery of Hamilton / AGGV, 2008), with Sara Knelman; and Slippage: Taras Polataiko, Gerhard Richter and Lucio Fontana (AGGV, 2000), with Mark A. Cheetham.