BEFORE DEMOLITION: TIDES | Emily Neufeld
BEFORE DEMOLITION: TIDES invites us to explore the hidden history of an abandoned house in Cheticamp Nova Scotia. Artist Emily Neufeld creates an installation from the former home of Cheticamp fisherman as part of her growing series BEFORE DEMOLITION. Neufeld investigates the dialogue between the materials she uses and the spaces she creates, uncovering the unintentional domestic archives left in the spaces we live in, and exploring the loss of land, home and belonging. Neufeld’s work begs the question: Can a space ever be empty? What fills the spaces between the walls? Where does the content of a house end? At the doorway? In the yard? In the land itself? Do some spaces look in while others look out?
The project will begin with a public talk and tour at the house itself located at 15409 C Cabot Trail. Documentation of the project will be on view in Halifax at Eyelevel Artist Run Centre & Bookstore from May 30th to June 15th with an artist talk at Eyelevel on May 29th @ 6PM.
Emily Neufeld was born in Alberta, on Treaty 6 and 7 land, and now lives and works on the unceded territory of the Squamish, T’seil Waututh and Musqueum in North Vancouver. Her practice investigates place and how humans change and are changed by the surrounding environment, and the layers of memory and psychic history that accumulate in our material world. In addition to collaborative projects with other artists, recent solo exhibitions include Before Demolition (2017: Burrard Arts Foundation), and Picture Window (2016: Vancouver Heritage Foundation), a large-scale billboard on the CBC Wall in downtown Vancouver. Neufeld has created and participates in community sharing gardens, and sees land as fundamental to her research process. She received her BFA from Emily Carr University of Art and Design in 2013