Justine Skahan

First Works | July 6th – July 20th, 2024

Justine Skahan (elle/she) was born in Tio’tia:ke/Montreal, where she currently lives.

She obtained her BFA in Studio Arts with Distinction from Concordia University in 2010 and her MFA from the University of Ottawa in 2016. In 2015, she received the Stonecroft Foundation Venice Scholarship, and in 2016 she received the René Payant Award from the University of Ottawa. She has participated in numerous exhibitions throughout Canada and internationally and was a finalist in the 2016 RBC Canadian Painting Competition. She has participated in artist residencies at the Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity, the Klondike Institute for Art and Culture (KIAC) in Dawson City, Yukon, and SÍM residency in Reykjavík.

In Spring of 2022, she participated in a residency through Occurrence artist-run center in Montreal and Admare in Îles-de-la-Madeleine, during which she traveled from Montreal to les Îles and back, further exploring the ideas and themes of home that inform much of her recent work. In November 2022, she exhibited at the McClure Gallery in Montreal and in 2023, she received a grant from the Elizabeth Greenshields Foundation. Recent projects include participation in the Fail/Pass series at the PHI Foundation, a residency at Galerie Stewart Hall (Pointe-Claire, QC) and an exhibition at articule (Montreal) in 2024.

Images courtesy of the artist.

Residency Project

“During this residency, I will create several short videos exploring themes of landscape, the body and the feeling of disappearing. Filmed at dusk at various locations in Gatineau, each video will be a recording of the growing obscurity. These will eventually make up the elements of an immersive installation in which I hope to evoke the often-complex, sometimes grief-tinged emotions felt during the shift from day to night.”

-Justine Skahan, 2024

Justine will work on this project throughout her First Works Residency at the Centre de production DAÏMÔN between July 6th and 20th, 2024.