Annik Gaudet (she/her) is an Acadian artist originally from New-Brunswick, currently practising in Halifax/Kjipuktuk. Her multidisciplinary art practice is primarily based in video, performance and installation. She uses her body as a means to respond to objects, landscapes and cultural identifiers. Often site-specific and made in a wilderness setting, Annik's surreal and often humorous 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.
My art practice playfully considers tensions between fantasy and reality. It is informed by my own personal lived experiences as a forager and wilderness explorer with French Acadian cultural roots. My installations, videos and performances are investigations into the emotional connections that resonate between the land and objects, exploring the narratives that exist at their intersection. My work uses humour and absurdity as tools to engage with surreal and dreamy imagery. I often apply the use of found objects to create a rich and imaginative visual language. Presented through the lens of my own personal and cultural experiences, the work is layered with playful and universal qualities that allows any viewer the opportunity to connect with its content.