Candace Couse is an Assistant Professor at the University of the Fraser Valley School of Creative Arts (SoCa) where she is a grateful guest on the traditional territory of the Stó:lō People. She earned an MFA from The University of Calgary (2010)and a Ph.D. in Interdisciplinary Humanities from Brock University (2020).
Couse's research examines how autobiographically produced images of illness can become a site for challenging the universal ideal body present not just in social understandings of “health,” but in critical thinking itself, asking: in what way is the methodology of the art experience a useful tool for medicine? Her research has been supported in part by The Joseph-Armand Bombardier Canada Graduate Scholarship Program from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada. Couse has taught in British Columbia, Alberta, Ontario and France.
As a 2012 finalist and prize winner from The Premio Arte Laguna, an international competition organized by the Cultural Association MoCA and Art Laguna, Couse’s work was exhibited at the Institute Romeno of Culture and Humanistic Research in Venice, Italy.Other highlights of Couse’s professional art practice include: finalist, Kingston Prize, 2013; Artfunkl Residency Prize, Manchester, UK (2013); Iaab residency Prize, Basel, Switzerland (2012); SIM residency, Reykjavik, Iceland (2022), Toronto Urban 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, and has shown across Canada, the USA, UK, Switzerland, Italy, Trinidad, Pakistan, Nepal, Iceland and India.