MEG YAMAMOTO

Artist Bio

Meg Yamamoto is a Canadian artist born and raised in Calgary, Alberta. She received her Bachelors of Fine Arts with Distinction in Visual Studies at the University of Calgary, completing her degree through a Study Abroad program in Berlin, Germany in 2014. She was awarded the University of Calgary Silver Medallion in Art in 2015, and spent the following two years studying the geometric, structural, and symbolic properties of Hiberno-Saxon Knotwork. Meg completed her Master of Fine Arts degree in Visual Arts at the University of British Columbia’s Okanagan campus. Her master's thesis research was funded by the Joseph-Armand Bombardier CGS Master's Scholarship from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC), and she received a University Graduate Fellowship as well as the Graduate Dean's Entrance Scholarship from the University of British Columbia.

Meg’s research explored the process of connecting to place through creating place-based art, particularly in the perspective of an artist surrounded by an unfamiliar environment. Her work looks at the various lifeforms observed in the Okanagan (both native and alien) and how they contribute to the Okanagan’s place identity. She examines how the process of encountering, observing, identifying, and appreciating the lifeforms of the environment in order to establish familiarity over time plays an important role in the development of one’s “sense of place”. Through heuristic reduction (the method of overcoming the taken-for-granted attitude by viewing the world through the eyes of wonder), Meg illustrates the ordinary and commonplace of nature as significant and definitive aspects of the Okanagan. 

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