were happy to work with Janet Wang, a visual artist from North
Vancouver, as our first AFK Artist-in-Residence! Over four weeks in
April and May, 2020, Janet created videos at home to share with all
students and teachers across the North Vancouver School District.
Janet Wang - BIO
Wang is a visual artist and educator working within a traditional
painting practice, integrated with sculptural installation practices and
digital media. A second-generation settler of Chinese heritage, she is
based in Vancouver, Canada, the unceded territories of the xʷməθkwəy̓əm
(Musqueam), Skwxwú7mesh (Squamish), and Səl̓ílwətaʔ/Selilwitulh
(Tsleil-Waututh) Nations. She received her Bachelor of Fine Arts from
the University of British Columbia and her Master of Arts in Studio
Practice from the University of Leeds in England.
Artist Statement from Janet Wang
At the beginning of lockdown, I was thinking about all of us in
our homes, looking out our windows, all separated from each other. We
were all looking out at the same leaves unfurling on trees, hearing the
same birds’ voices soaring over the hushed city, and seeing the bursts
of colours of flowers along the streets, trails and gardens. I wondered,
sitting at my window, whether these smaller signs of hope could be
strengthened by connecting and layering with others’—and from here, the
idea for this big group drawing was born.
What if we took our own small observations, and brought them
together into something that swelled into a bouquet or a forest of
drawings? We are stronger as collaborators, as community members, and as
a city. This lockdown has shown us that art, whatever form it may take,
is how we can all bring our voices together.
Each of the flowers, leaves and one bug (can you find it?) are
from different student artists from across the Lower Mainland. These
have been arranged into a radiating pattern block that has been repeated
to create the larger composition. The message is one that has resonated
from the resilience, the wobbly lines, the confident colours, and the
ideas shared and communicated from the art we’ve been making in our
homes. I have loved seeing each artist’s style and ideas communicated
through the medium of art. Thank you for sharing your work!
Janet Wang: Video 1
Janet Wang: Video 2
View written instructions and materials list here: AFK Artist-in-Residence_Janet_Wang_Week 2.pdf
Janet Wang: Video 3