Genevieve Robertson’s drawing-based interdisciplinary practice explores the material around the body and under the feet: water, oil, wind, silt, flora, fauna and mineral. Her drawings map a visceral engagement with place and often occupy the edge: the interstice between micro and macro, biology and geology, stability and flow. Through recent research in the Salish Sea region and the Fraser and Columbia rivers, she has engaged with the complexities that emerge when relating to land and water in a time of large-scale industrial exploitation. Being out on the shoreline is the root of her work, leading to the recuperative ecologies that are available through long-term place-based exploration, inquisitive conversation and a committed and process-driven studio practice. Her work is informed by a personal and intergenerational history of resource labor in remote forestry camps on the West Coast of British Columbia.
Genevieve holds an MFA from Emily Carr University (2016) and a BFA from NSCAD University (2009). She was recently the recipient of a British Columbia Arts Council grant framed by the shoreline as a site for encounter and inquiry, and works with River Relations: A Beholder’s Share of the Columbia River Dams, an interdisciplinary artistic research project that considers the presence and impact of hydroelectric power production on the Columbia River. Genevieve has taught visual arts in community, health, public school and university settings, including at Capilano University (2010) and at Emily Carr University (2015-2017). She presently serves as the Executive Director at Oxygen Art Centre in Nelson, British Columbia.
Master's of Applied Arts thesis here.