Phone: 604-504-7447 x4441
2005 MMI, University of British Columbia
2002 MFA, York University
1982 BFA, University of Lethbridge
VA115 Introductory Studio I: Material Practices
VA116 Introductory Studio II: Space Form & Time
VA360 Professional Development & Practices
VA402 Senior Studio I
CV Brenda Fredrick
A persistent sense of place informs Brenda’s ambient installation and object based practice, with her audience frequently being invited to step into dark and luminous spaces that exist somewhere between shadow and substance - recognition and ambiguity. Interested in biological memory and deep DNA hypothesis, her exploration of collected and altered materials creates a magic presence to a sense of absence - at once disorienting, elegant and unsettled.
Raised on a farm in southern Alberta, Brenda’s art practice has been informed by indelible memories of her childhood home, the Walt Disney adaptation of Eleanor Porters 1913 novel Polyanna, and countless hours riding horses across the prairies and throughout the Canadian Rockies. A recent relocation to Chilliwack from Vancouver has her reflecting upon “re/discovering (re/inventing) Brenda, and while it is sometimes said that “one can never return home” she has been seen standing amongst towering corn fields with a video camera, and attempting to air out the scent of manure in audio equipment, after collecting recordings of automated milking machines and gentle cattle calls in robotic milking parlors.
In addition to her art practice and teaching career, Brenda has worked in cultural administration, project management, policy development, literacy, and in the museums field as a curator and gallery director. Snared by intellectual curiosity and the wonder of it all, Brenda is committed to reflective practice, life long learning and sharing with, and learning from, her students.