My inspiration comes from my immediate surroundings - as I walk through urban Kelowna, my attention is often drawn to the natural beauty around my feet that one often overlooks: the remains of an owl pellet, feathers dropped by birds, abandoned wasp nests, among other treasures. By placing these treasures into the object that separates the physical ground from our bodies (shoes), I like to think of how this work represents the human body as becoming reunited with the land we walk on.
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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 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 completed her Master of Fine Arts degree in Visual Arts at the University of British Columbias Okanagan campus. Her master's thesis research was 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. Megs research explored the process of connecting to place through creating place-based art, particularly in the perspective of an artist surrounded by an unfamiliar environment. Her work looks at the various lifeforms observed in Kelowna and how they contribute to the citys place identity. She examines how the process of encountering, observing, identifying, and appreciating the lifeforms of the environment in order to establish familiarity over time plays an important role in the development of ones sense of place.
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