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Elizabeth Russell: Migration/Immigrant Stories

Richmond Art Gallery
Richmond BC – Sep 17-Nov 1, 2009

Elizabeth Russell, Linda's Story, Curtain Coat

Elizabeth Russell, Linda's Story, Curtain Coat (2009), charcoal on paper. [Richmond Art Gallery, Richmond BC, Sep 17-Nov 1]

Elizabeth Russell, Linda's Story, Blanket Coat (2009)

Elizabeth Russell, Linda's Story, Blanket Coat (2009), charcoal on paper [Richmond Art Gallery, Richmond BC, Sep 17-Nov 1]

Elizabeth Russell, Snakes and Ladders (2009)

Elizabeth Russell, Snakes and Ladders (2009), installation, various dimensions, ink on paper, string, plastic sheets, red tape, rope, acrylic and latex paint on wood [Richmond Art Gallery, Richmond BC, Sep 17-Nov 1]

Elizabeth Russell, Arrivals (2009)

Elizabeth Russell, Arrivals (2009), photograph mounted on foam core [Richmond Art Gallery, Richmond BC, Sep 17-Nov 1]

Elizabeth Russell is a conceptual artist who produces drawings, paintings, photographs and site-specific installations for public spaces and art galleries. During 2009, Russell used drawing classes as a means to connect with new and settled immigrants in Richmond, a city outside Vancouver B.C. Richmond itself has a 59-per-cent immigrant population, the highest in Canada. The artworks in Migration/Immigrant Stories were inspired by her personal sources, and include a site-specific installation directly related to her experiences teaching new immigrants at the Richmond Multicultural Concerns Society.

The exhibition provides a glimpse of the experiences of being a new immigrant in Canada, rather than a critique of the Canadian immigration system. Described as a “snap shot of what a few people unveiled about their first encounters with Canada,” the works take the form of charcoal drawings, acrylic paintings, photographs and assemblages of objects.

Elizabeth Russell is an art instructor at North Island College in Courtenay, B.C. and an active juror on Vancouver Island. She has a BFA in Painting from Emily Carr University of Art and Design (1995) and a Masters in Combined Media from Chelsea College of Art and Design, London (1997). In 2001, she earned a Postgraduate Certificate in Education from the University of Greenwich, UK. Further exploring concepts of identity, nationality and belonging in diverse populations, in May, 2009 she exhibited in Alternative Identities at the Evergreen Cultural Centre, Coquitlam, B.C.


Mia Johnson

 Thu, Sep 10, 2009