This website SITE is intended to offer an ever evolving insight into my practice: both as an artist and a worker. I am using the categories of Projects, Services and Collaborations to provide multiple entry points into my work. Ideally visitors will be able to make links between each of these sections, as an important aspect of my artistic production is recognizing the ways in which all of my labour (artistic and otherwise) overlap in ideas and ideals.

I am not restricted by medium, instead my works take on the forms required to best represent the ideas and concepts considered by each project. In many of my works I bring everyday items into the rarefied space of the gallery, and it might not always be clear what constitutes the work. My practice produces a minimal amount of waste.

I take on many different roles and positions in order to make it possible for me to make my work and my life sustainable. Gig work, such as cooking and preparing crew lunches, providing education workships, djing parties, working as a house painter or as a barista in a coffee shop, allows me time and flexibility to make work as an artist.

As I am not tied to any specific medium I often work with others to produce aspects of my work. This assistance is integral in helping me to realize my vision into material. With such a focus on labour in my work, it is important that these workers are paid fair labour costs when helping to produce work.

Almanac / Maggie Groat / Suggested Instructions

Almanac / Maggie Groat / Suggested Instructions

ALMANAC includes contributions by artists and writers that draw upon and subvert subjects typically found in traditional almanac compendiums, including entries pertaining to the botanical, zoological, mycological, environmental, instructional, historical, astrological, geological, edible, predictive, narrative, and sub-cultural.

While a traditional almanac typically spans an annual cycle for the seasons ahead, the collected works and contained knowledge in this book favour alternative, non-linear and marginal understandings of encounters in-the-world, orders and epistemologies

Basil AlZeri; Diane Borsato; Tanya Busse and Joar Nango; Maggie Groat; Jason de Haan; FASTWÜRMS; Jesse Harris; Kelly Jazvac; Faith La Rocque; Jimmy Limit; Tanya Lukin Linklater; Dylan Miner; Amish Morrell; Crystal Mowry; Alicia Nauta; Open Structures; Anne Riley; Walter Scott; and Kara Uzelman.

Maggie Groat is a visual artist who exhibits a range of media informed by salvage practices and collage methodologies. She has self-published several multiples and books including Studies for Possible Futures, the recipient of the Artist Book of the Moment awarded by the Art Gallery of York University in 2012. She is the editor of The Lake, an alternative guide including the work of over twenty artists and writers, published by Art Metropole in 2014. Her work has been included in exhibitions at Mercer Union, YYZ Artists’ Outlet, Art Gallery of York University (Toronto), Western Front, SFU Audain Gallery (Vancouver), Rodman Hall Art Centre (St. Catharines), and Walter Phillips Gallery (Banff).

Edited by Maggie Groat

Published by the Kitchener-Waterloo Art Gallery

Softcover, exposed Smyth-sewn binding, full colour, illustrated.

ISBN 978-1-897543-32-0

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