Erin Whittier

With a drifting art practice meandering the woods and hills of so-called “Canada” and Turtle Island, I am a lens-based artist working with the land, poetic text, and performance. My practice is informed through phenomenology, mindfulness, rewilding and green anarchism, decolonial and intersectional politics, fears of the anthropocene, and the deeply spiritual feeling of one’s hands heavily caked with dirt. A recent graduate from Ryerson University (Toronto, CAN) in Visual Art Photography, I have participated in artist residencies across Turtle Island including Mexico, Nova Scotia, and Quebec.

My practice explores the interconnectedness of all things - stones, cows, rivers, my own flesh, the flesh of a peach - using slowness and empathy to actively listen, to begin to hear the world speaking back. When we turn to slowness, the world starts to unravel in front of our eyes, our fingertips - I am no longer interested in the blind turbulence of capitalist society, a flaming trajectory to nowhere - for it is all here, in the moment of the now, that we are living! I believe in active participation, slow engagement with the world, and the autonomy of the self and the community; I strive to encourage others to start doing the same, by open discussion and non- hierarchical skill-sharing.

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