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I am an artist that is moved by connection, touch, spirit, care, depth, liberation, sensation, expansion. Creating objects and movement through an embodied ritual studio practice which I transform into immersive public installations. These spaces aim to woo/lull viewers into metabolizing the dominant and oppressive systems that live within each of us. This practice is informed by politicized embodiment, unlearning, collective liberation and transformation. I see aesthetics as spirit work; in which I am a keen and dedicated student. Beauty is essential, it is an assertion of living, it is transmuting essence, it is worlding. Worlding is about yearning and yielding to the depth of beauty and complexity that I have known to be true in my bones since I arrived on this planet. There is more to life than we know. 

My lineage is of white Northern European ancestry (German, British, Scottish, Scandinavian) and of Western art, spiritual and educational values. Part of my work is to unlearn the myths of separation and supremacy of this legacy.

I acknowledge the influences of my ideas here.

Projects include: Cocoon Moon Magic Baby Invitation (Vancouver Art Gallery), Rituals for Pleasure and Dionysus (Griffin Art Projects), De Fem (WAAP), Make Our Own Air (SPACE London), Our Missing Body (Western Front, Kamloops Art Gallery), FutureLoss (grunt gallery), Unlearning Practices (Unit Pitt, Goethe Satellite, <rotor> Graz). I studied Public Art, Social Practice and sculpture at the Bauhaus University Weimar (MFA), Concordia University Montreal (BFA) and Camosun College. I teach Studio Art and Social Practice, at Emily Carr University of Art + Design (Vancouver). I am an artist, mother, femme and white settler living and working in Vancouver, the unceded, traditional and ancestral territories of the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), Sḵwx̱wú7mesh Úxwumixw (Squamish), and səl̓ilw̓ətaʔɬ (Tsleil-Waututh) peoples.

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Guadalupe Matinez in Conversation with Zoë Kreye. Empty Space Studio

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