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Canada’s leading contemporary outdoor and online art fair

TOAF will take place July 12 – 14, 2024.

Siobhan Humston

Town of Plympton-Wyoming

Born in Canada, educated here, there and in Ireland and England, Siobhan's creative life began with piano lessons, continued in theatre and music school with violin and voice, and took a turn toward art school at Bealart London, Ontario. Her studies culminated with an undergrad degree in printmaking and mixed media from Crawford College of Art and Design in Cork, Ireland. After returning to Canada in her twenties, ever fascinated by the gifts of nature and travel, she moved west to the Okanagan, then Vancouver, and in 2012 began a semi-nomadic lifestyle in order to further develop her art practice.

Through artist residencies and an MFA with distinction at Falmouth University in Cornwall, UK she broadened her practice from painting to include drawing, sculpture and installation. Since then she has been awarded residencies through Haida Gwaii Museum in conjunction with Parks Canada; Earthskin in New Zealand; Cultureland in the Netherlands; Sitka Centre of Art and Ecology in Oregon, USA, among others. Most recently she was Artist in Residence for two years at Marlborough College in Wiltshire, England.

In 2021, she put her PhD (studying the confluence of eco art, nature, spirituality and quantum science) on hold to return to the shoreline of Lake Huron to recalibrate and be close to family. Her art practice includes a daily drawing routine making interdisciplinary art through observation, collecting, imagination and meditation. Her work is focused on our natural environment, finding inspiration by sourcing found materials, exploring her surroundings, collecting ephemera, researching a wide variety of ecological, spiritual and scientific topics while striving to ignite in others a deepening awareness of the blessings of our natural environment.

Currently, as well as making new work specifically for the Toronto Outdoor Art Fair, she is working on sculptures, large scale installations, film and photo based work for a scheduled solo exhibition at Judith and Norman Alix Art Gallery in 2024. She is excited to participate in this year's TOAF and to meet fellow art and nature lovers!

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