Seven years have passed since we worked with community members living near the Serpentine Greenway, adjacent to 68th Avenue in Surrey to create short audio messages for the future generations. These are their messages of Love.
The artists, Lorna Boschman, Victoria Moulder and T’Uy’Tanat-Cease Wyss, have each worked with communities in creating public art projects. Their practice supports both collective and individual expression and seeks to encourage community interaction and communication. They have previously collaborated with residents of Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside, people with disabilities, indigenous people, and people living with AIDS, among others.
Before her involvement in community-oriented and public-art activities, Lorna Boschman established her reputation as a leading video artist whose works have been shown at festivals internationally. She recently directed a National Film Board documentary titled “This Ability”, which grew out of a community-based media program for adults with cognitive disabilities. Currently, she is a PhD student at the School of Interactive Arts and Technology at Simon Fraser University in Surrey.
Victoria Moulder is an artist, researcher and designer who has participated in numerous public art projects and community-based cultural initiatives in Canada, the United States, the United Kingdom and Taiwan. Her work, she says, “explores creative collaborations at the intersection of technology, cultural production and meaningful agency.” Locally, she has worked with the Vancouver Board of Parks and Recreation, AIDS Vancouver and the Public Dreams Society, among others.
T’Uy’Tanat-Cease Wyss is a media artist, illustrator, writer, blogger, ethnobotanist, activist, educator, mother and community gardener. A member of the Skwxw’u7mesh Uximiwx, she has focused her art practice on community, health and healing practices. Dedicated to learning how to walk with others on the earth, she has participated in a number of community-based and public art initiatives and projects, including the acclaimed Uts’am/Witness project in her traditional Summer home in her traditional territory, north of the township of Squamish, BC and her Winter home in Vancouver BC. Currently, she is working with the Vancouver Native Health Society on a food security program with urban Indigenous peoples and recently completed an artist-in-residence with the Stanley Park Restoration project. She is continuing with her work with Loretta Todd’s Aboriginal Media Lab, focusing on building her online community: technomedicinewheel.org, where she has been actively blogging for 7 years.