Edmeades’ newest project, Monologues: patriarchal traditions and the New Age, investigates the role of women in an intertwined terrain of research into Western mystical thought, and scientific and philosophical history. Calling on the historical figures of the Artist, the Mystic, and the Suffragette, the artist will develop a new body of work that draws connections between mysticism, conceptions of gender, and social change.
Deborah Edmeades currently lives in Vancouver. Her work has been focused through a practice of performance that has continued at times outside of an artistic or academic context and into therapeutic and esoteric experiments. Recent interests include the histories of western mystical and esoteric practice and thought, their intertwinement with the history of the sciences and philosophical discourse and their somewhat embarrassing contemporary manifestation in the ‘New Age’. Thankfully, embarrassment for Edmeades has been a long-time indicator of productive content and is often an ingredient of the work, which ranges between performance, the lens, object-making and drawing.
Edmeades’ work has been seen internationally at places such as the BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art, UK; Ars Electronica, Austria; Exit Art and Participant Inc. in New York City, USA; Dalhousie University Art Gallery, Halifax, Canada; and the The Jeonju International Film Festival in South Korea. She is a Franklin Furnace grant recipient, was visiting artist and guest lecturer of performance art at the University of Texas at Austin in 2000 and completed an MFA at Simon Fraser University in Vancouver in 2014.