Courtney Faulkner is a multidisciplinary artist based in Lethbridge, Alberta. They graduated with honours from the University of Lethbridge with a Bachelor of Fine Arts: Art Studio in 2021. During their studies they received multiple awards, most notably the Medalta Student Residency Award, which offered them a month-long ceramics residency, and the Roloff Beny Foundation Photographic Award, in which they travelled to Mexico City to research Frida Kahlo. They have shown their work in numerous solo and group exhibitions within Lethbridge, and were part of A THESISSS SHOW, an online thesis exhibition with Something Special Studios, New York.
I am interested in the connections between ritual and witchcraft, and how these practices are expressed within queerness. I think of past women, non-binary and femme artists, and how art-making now is a connection to their work. These explorations of gender and sexuality are both personal and political.
My work explores personal symbology. I often use drawing, ceramics, textiles, photography, video and flowers to form altar-like installations, carefully considering light, sound, colour and scent. Most recently, I have been exploring ideas around my relationship to place, local flora, and the nature of cyclical time.
Student Award May 2021