Corrie Peters is an artist with a wealth of relationships. She has been privileged to spend years in the intimate acts of sharing life with many on the edges of our systems of power. Many people have been willing to sit with her in her struggles, her joys and her ignorance. She is thankful for all the ways they have taught her how to approach art, activism and caring.
Corrie has a socially engaged practice that knows there are undemocratic realities to relationships that echo these larger systems of power. The time spent in relationship with people – often quiet and vulnerable – that is her artwork. The publicly displayed pieces are the documentation of her artwork – translating what she has learnt to a larger audience. Her formal education (Child and Youth Care – University of Victoria, BFA –Concordia University, MFA -University of Manitoba) has increased her insight into how sharing her learning is: a posture of being, an ongoing responsibility to those she is in relationship with, and a continual involvement in understanding power and her own complicity in it.
Corrie is of Mennonite settler origins, living on unceded Coast Salish territory in Victoria, BC with her family. The land she is trespassing on is the original home of the Lkungwen people, many of whom now live on the Songhees and Esquimalt reserve land, a short drive from her home.