graduate research

Emily Carr students are involved in Research projects across the disciplines; Design, Visual Arts, and Media Arts.  Here are some examples of current work...

Michelle O'Byrne / MAA Graduate
Utopic Ruins

Funded by the Social Sciences Research Council (SSHRC) MAA candidate Michelle O'Byrne is developing a body of mixed media work called Utopic Ruins. O'Byrne describes this work as  "Exploring the potentiality of the ruins of multiples, creating unique and new relationships between the parts within the piece and subverting their intended use in the process. " She goes on to say, "Through appropriating mass produced materials and images, performing alterations of them and bringing them in to new contexts my research attempts to imagine potentialities and explore new narratives which push beyond our current understanding of these objects and images. The subversion of these materials not only questions their physical form but also calls to attention the societal structures that bring them in to being". Michelle O'Byrne was awarded the Joseph-Armand Bombardier Graduate Award in 2013.

Pascale Théorêt-Groulx/ MAA Graduate
The Body as a Social Constuct

Funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council, MAA student (SSHRC) Pascale Théorêt-Groulx’s research investigates the “moving body as a social construct in relation to the knowledge economy influencing its manifestations”. Théorêt-Groulx’s research explores the body’s learning processes and learning contexts. She describes her work as “investigating the ambiguous nature of instructions, which can be restrictive and limiting, while simultaneously bringing the necessary constraints for creation and reinterpretation.” Although Théorêt-Groulx’s work has been primarily in video and performance, she has recently been experimenting with written words and drawing. Pascale Théorêt-Groulx was awarded the Joseph-Armand Bombardier Graduate Award in 2013.

Nathalie Lavoie / MAA Graduate
Mackenzie River

I am currently pursuing graduate studies while living in a small remote community in Canada's subarctic, a unique opportunity offered via the Low Residency Master of Applied Arts at Emily Carr University of Art + Design. Central to my thesis project and research is the investigation of places as locus for artistic creation. With the Mackenzie River as the main site for artistic interventions, the study explores multiple responses to a site, and various modes of audience participation, including collaboration based on ethics of engagement.