Genevieve Robertson


Pencil, gouache and silt (collected at Chuchuwálets *mouth of the Fraser River, way out at the end) on paper | 18 x 24 | 2016

Genevieve Robertson’s drawing-based interdisciplinary practice explores the material around the body and under the feet: water, oil, wind, silt, flora, fauna and mineral. Her drawings map a visceral and long term engagement with place and often occupy the edge: the interstice between micro and macro, biology and geology, stability and flow. Through recent research in the Salish Sea region and the Fraser and Columbia rivers, she has engaged with the complexities that emerge when relating to land and water in a time of large-scale industrial exploitation. Her work is informed by a personal and intergenerational history of resource labor in remote forestry camps on the West Coast of British Columbia.


Genevieve holds an MAA from Emily Carr University and a BFA from NSCAD University. She is presently a Masters of Environmental Studies candidate at York University and the recipient of a British Columbia Arts Council mentorship grant framed by the shoreline as a site for encounter and inquiry. Recent exhibitions include Touchstones Museum (Nelson), The Or Gallery (Vancouver), The New Gallery (Calgary), Dc3 Projects (Edmonton), Agent C Projects (Surrey), and James May Gallery (Wisconsin). Genevieve is a sessional instructor at Emily Carr University.