Candace Couse

Home: Aylmer, Ontario
Title: Bad as me
Media: Oil on canvas / huile sur toile
Dimensions: 130 x 86 cm

My interest is in how the viewable topography of my body interacts with any given environment. The symbiotic relationship between skin and the environment is often a subtle one, and I am not interested in exaggerating it, rather simply observing it. I suspect that the viewer may be responsive to the changes on a subconscious level—similar to the autopilot feature we take for granted, as our brain recognises and sorts others in our daily navigations through life, even while the viewer may not recognise what they are doing. Significant messages: a slightly sunburnt nose, the artificial light of an enclosed space reflecting off the skin, encouraging forth an alien tone and deepening shadows, or an awkward arc of hair suggesting a slight breeze, all translate to inferences that we may make pertaining to the environment in question. I particularly take pleasure in layering the map beneath the external skin of a portrait, allowing the thick application of the map to bulge forward, pulsing towards the thin outer skin as if it might break through. The word Infer is sometimes confused with imply, but the distinction is a useful one. To imply something proposes that it is conveyed or suggested without being stated outright. Inference, on the other hand, is the activity performed by a reader or interpreter in drawing conclusions that are not explicit in what is said. Imply activates the role of the artist; infer initiates the role of the viewer.

2010 The University of Calgary, Master of Fine Arts
2008 Brock University, Bachelor of Visual Arts (Honours)

2012 Recipient of The Italian Cultural Association MoCA, in collaboration with Arte Laguna art prize (artist in residence)
2010 Visiting Artist GANT, University of Calgary
2008 Jurors Prize, juried group exhibition, Rodman Hall National Exhibition Centre, St. Catharines, Canada

2012 Fibre Workshops Instructor, Haute école des Arts du Rhin, Mulhouse, France
2010 Teaching Assistant, Advanced Level Anatomical Drawing, course instructor: Linda Carreiro, University of Calgary
2010 Teaching Assistant, Advanced Level Painting, course instructor: Linda Carreiro, University of Calgary

2013 Artfunkl residency, Manchester, UK, January-February
2012 iaab residency, Basel, Switzerland, August-December

2009 Envoi, Little Gallery, University of Calgary, Canada

2012 Group Show, iaab Artist in Residence Exhibition, Basel, Switzerland
2012 Sick/Malade, Ottawa International Animation Festival Showcase Selection, Ottawa, Canada
2012 Landlocked, Arte Laguna Prize Finalists Exhibition, Curated by Igor Zanti, Istituto Romeno di Cultura e Ricerca Umanistica, Venice, Italy

2012 Lorenzon, Valeria (Compiler),Arte Laguna Art Prize 11.12, Arte Laguna Press, Italy
2011 Couse, Candace, Landlocked, Library and Archives Canada, Canada