Caitlin Bodewitz Artist in Residence 2020/2021 In Community Artist in Residence In spring/summer of 2021 Caitlin will collaborate with SNAP and other community members to help develop the outdoor space at the rear of SNAP’s new facility including a wall based work at the printshop / rear north west entrance. Artist Statement: I look to the natural world to learn many lessons. During the pandemic and isolation my community quickly became my backyard critters, the growing garden, and wild spaces. I find comfort, companionship, and inspiration in these environments. Ecosystems rooted in harmony and reciprocity thrive. There are countless functions and entities that support the synergy in natural relationships. I wonder if perhaps the natural world was in a more healthy and balanced state, would our society be in the predicament we are currently in? During my residency I’m interested in recognizing and reflecting on the role of the artist community within our studio, our building within the neighbourhood, and our collective existence in ᐊᒥᐢᑿᒌᐚᐢᑲᐦᐃᑲᐣ (amiskwacîwâskahikan) Edmonton on Treaty 6 Territory. How do we work together as building blocks that contribute to the health of our unified well-being and environment? Caitlin Bodewitz is an Edmonton based artist, originally from northern British Columbia. She pursued her passion and completed a Bachelors of Fine Arts with Honors in Printmaking from the University of Calgary in 2012. Bodewitz pushes the boundaries of traditional printmaking by incorporating silkscreening with drawing, photography, and woodworking. Her work is deeply rooted in celebrating, educating others, and protecting the natural world. A great deal of her current body of work depicts both flora and fauna species at risk within Canada— sea otters, caribou, mountain holly fern— with a goal of creating conversation around conservation. The In Community Artist Residency is made possible by the Edmonton Arts Council’s Connections and Exchanges Organizational Initiatives Grant.