Predominantly working with installation and video, Candace Couse is a visual artist exploring issues surrounding space, place, and the body. Her work examines the basic human need to acquire territory as a prerequisite to identity, as well as the loss of security and anxiety that comes with disorientation. Functioning on the assumption that orientation is primary to all other human experience, the body has plays a central role in her art practice as both a mechanism for experience and as the principal terrain that we all initially acquire. Her work eagerly engages with the idea of personal geographies as intimate approaches to orientation and identity that are profoundly detached from collective knowledge and public geographies.
Couse earned a Bachelor of Visual Arts at Brock University in St. Catharines, Ontario, Canada with Honours, in 2008 and a Master of Fine Art at the University of Calgary, Alberta, Canada, in 2010. Her professional background includes: five years’ experience with management; arts co-ordination and administration; over five years’ experience in education/teaching; leading workshops; research; and an active role as a practicing artist at the national and international level for eight years.
in private tutoring in a number of subjects, Couse transitioned to teaching in a
T.A. capacity at the University of Calgary, to contract teaching at Haute école
des Arts du Rhin, in Mulhouse, France. Currently she is teaching at Brock University
in the Fine Arts department. Classes taught include: Studio Now, Introduction
to Contemporary Practice; Painting Fundamentals; Introduction to Drawing; and Digital
A 2012 finalist for the Primio Arte Laguna, an international competition organized by the Cultural Association MoCA (Modern Contemporary Art) and Art Laguna Couse's work was exhibited at the Institute Romeno of Culture and Humanistic Research in Venice. Other highlights of Couse's professional art
practice include: Finalist, Kingston Prize, 2013; Recipient of The Italian
Cultural Association MoCA, in collaboration with Arte Laguna art prize (artist
in residence), 2012; Artfunkl residency prize, Manchester, UK, 2013; Iaab residency, Basel, Switzerland,
August-December, 2012; Toronto Film Festival (TUFF) 2013 winner, Special Jury
Prize; Vancouver Asian Film Festival (VAFF) Selection, 2012; Ottawa International Animation Festival
Showcase Selection, 2012; She has had the honour of writing and directing a short film with The National Film Board of Canada titled Sick/Malade; as well
as numerous gallery shows across Canada, the USA, UK, Switzerland and Italy.
Paint Brush designed by Scott Lewis (from The Noun Project)