Annik Gaudet is an Acadian artist originally from New-Brunswick, based in Saint Margaret’s Bay/ Kjipuktuk, Nova-Scotia. Her interdisciplinary art practice places personal observations and intuitive actions at the centre of her creative process. Annik’s videos, installations and performances explore the emotional connections that resonate through landscapes and objects. Often site-specific and made in the field, her work seeks to invite viewers to spend time in the wild realm. Annik holds a BFA from the Nova Scotia College of Art & Design University and her work has been shown in artist-run centres, galleries as well as public art events such as festivals and screenings in Canada and the USA.
My practice is rooted in the study of regional ecology. It is paralleled and informed by my ongoing personal research into botany, mycology, zoology and foraging for wild edible and medicinal food. My installations, videos and performances are investigations into the emotional connections that resonate between the land and objects. The work aims to transport viewers into the wild realm. I often apply the use of found objects imbued with localized significance to create a rich and imaginative visual language. My art practice playfully explores the tensions between fantasy and reality in our perceptions of wilderness. I contemplate our impacts on the natural world in its various forms, big or small, and explore the intersections where they have met. Using humour and absurdity in my work is a way to challenge the viewer’s expectations, to let their guard down and engage with different representations of reality. Ultimately, I aim to create poetic and engaging artworks that are steeped in aesthetic, conceptual and affecting qualities.