- Intersection of Art and Community Change
Becka Viau is a Canadian Artist from Charlottetown PEI. She received her BFA, 2008 and MFA, 2013 from the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design, and has exhibited in many galleries throughout the Maritimes and United Kingdom. She was long listed for the Sobey Art Award in 2011 and 2014 and recently completed a three month creative/research artist residency in NFLD. She has worked as a curator, educator and coordinator of arts collectives and arts festivals. Much of her artistic activity engages with questions relating to the institutions, dissemination and social networks of power, art and culture.
Her art practice is grounded in the study of critical theory and research of historic and contemporary media techniques, theories of the everyday and social research methods. The histories of documentary, portraiture, cultural presentation and anthropological research influence her creative studio process through various explorations of people, place and identity.
The form of the artwork Becka produces generally appeals to a popularaudience. It draws them in with inviting architecture and welcomes the viewer to wander a variety of conceptual paths. “For me the creation of art must communicate to a popular audience in order to stimulate conversations around current issues and experiences.”