STSTS is a site-specific public installation by Maggie Groat that includes sculptural assemblage, a publication, and a series of public programs in collaboration with local artists. The project is informed by traditional and alternative research methodologies including conversations with people and plants, walks, tarot readings, and archival and reference materials. Groat works towards an associative consideration of the shifting histories and possible futures of the site of the Western Front, a building which rests upon the embankment of a now under grounded creek and the traditional unceded territory of the Musqueam, Squamish, and Tsleil-Waututh.
On Saturday June 9th, Groat will launch the publication component of this multi-faceted project. In the publication, Groat collects and presents that further explore the themes of shifting histories and possible futures that are at the foundation of the installation. The launch event will feature a reading and artist talk that draws from the publications: research notes, archival images, historical records, and a transcription of a tarot reading.
Maggie Groat is an interdisciplinary artist who works in a variety of media including works on paper, sculpture, textiles, site-specific interventions and publications. Her current research surrounds site-responsiveness with regards to shifting territories, alternative and decolonial ways-of-being, methodologies of collage, and the transformation of salvaged materials into utilitarian objects for speculation, vision and action. Groat studied visual art and philosophy at York University before attending The University of Guelph, where she received an MFA degree in 2010. She has taught at the University of Guelph, the University of Toronto and at Emily Carr University of Art and Design, where she was the Audain Artist Scholar in Residence in 2014. In 2015 she was longlisted for the Sobey Art Award. Recently, her work has been included in exhibitions at Mercer Union, YYZ Artists’s Outlet, Art Gallery of York University (Toronto), Western Front, SFU Audain Gallery (Vancouver) Rodman Hall Art Centre (St. Catharines) and Walter Philips Gallery (Banff).