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Dana Shukster

Shukster

These Faces That I Give to the World, Self Portrait, 1988. Collection of the Alberta Foundation for the Arts.

Dana Shukster is a printmaker based in Medicine Hat Alberta. She completed her MFA in 2008 at Donau-Universität Krems in Austria. She is past chairman for the Medicine Hat Cultural Alliance and active participant in the Medicine Hat art community.

Shukster’s work has been exhibited across Canada and in the United States and Europe. It is supported by grants and awards from the Canada Council for the Arts and the Alberta Foundation for the Arts and is held in numerous public and private collections in Alberta and British Columbia. Currently, she is involved with exploring the fugitive aspects of light and its effect on how reality and illusion are perceived. She comments in her artist statement, “the shadow photographs are an attempt to visually represent traces of shifting states of being or altering states of reality.” She has taken her work to an unusual venue in a satellite project wherein an image is displayed on an outdoor billboard.

“Dana Shukster’s process is almost scientific in its rationality, and yet the results are certainly poetic and even eerie. Her work gives us pause to wonder at the arbitrary nature of our perception of our fleeting world,” says Joanne Marion, curator of art for the Esplanade Arts & Heritage Centre, “so it is perfect for a temporary and transitory site like a billboard, which people pass daily.”

Her artwork appears in the TREX exhibition Pretty Much Black & White.

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