Candace Couse (she/her) is a settler interdisciplinary humanities scholar and artist living on Stó:lō territory. Her research investigates Westernized thought in relationship with sickness through autobiographical accounts of illness narratives in visual art; interested in what these works do for the artists, viewers and broader understanding of health towards humanistic medicine. Since 2021, she has been working with people living with dementia, exploring cross-generational learning through arts-based methodologies.
Couse’s creative research is deeply intimate, exposing her personal history with her body and illness as well as pathography more broadly, especially the social, historical and political ecology and impact of health and disease. Her practice incorporates fibre, painting, installation and video to explore the vulnerabilities of an embodied existence. Couse is drawn to labour-intensive methods that speak to the trace of the body over time in the material process of the work. Her large-scale installations and fibre work, which contain repetitive actions—visible through erasure and repetition—act as a reference for the body long after it has relinquished the labour of the work. Her art is often uncomfortable, stripping back layers of the body, or building them up, as the body of the viewer confronts the bodies contained in the work. She is interested in the meaning-making process and the interconnections between the artist, art object, viewer and world. Accordingly, Couse’s work is sometimes interactive and always site-specific.
2020 Doctor of Philosophy, Interdisciplinary Humanities. Specialization: Epistemology, Culture & Aesthetics. Brock University, St. Catharines, Ontario
2010 Master of Fine Arts, The University of Calgary, Calgary, Alberta. Specialization: Painting
Painting, Drawing and Professional Practices
I) Chapters in books
Couse, Candace. “Sick: Negotiation Body Trauma in Visual Art Practice.” Testimony and Trauma: Engaging Common Ground. C. Santos, A. Spahr, and T. Crowe Morey, Brill Publishing House, 28 March 2019. 215–234. Print.
Couse, Candace and Emily Evans. "Candace Couse." Anatomy Rocks: Flesh and Bones in Contemporary Art. Edited by Rodolphe Lachat. Paris, France: Cernunnos, 2016. 74-77. Print.
II) Books including critiques about Candace Couse’s artistic production using images
Lorenzon, V. (Compiler), “Candace Couse.” Arte Laguna Art Prize 11.12, Venice: Are Laguna Press, 2012. Print.
III) Catalogue essays written about Candace Couse’s artistic production including images
Tam, T 2014, CUTMR 11: Alternative Design exhibition catalogue, 23 January-27 April 2014, Gladstone Hotel, Toronto.
Hogg, K. 2006, 2006 Juried Art Exhibition exhibition catalogue, Glenhyrst Art Gallery of Brant, Brantford.
IV) Catalogue essays written by Candace Couse
Couse, C. 2019, Now?, exhibition catalogue, 22 March -28 April 2014, Rodman Hall National Exhibition Centre, St. Catharines
Couse, C. 2014, Trace: Brock University Honour Exhibition, exhibition catalogue, 22 March -27 April 2014, Rodman Hall National Exhibition Centre, St. Catharines.
V) Journal and Magazine articles and features written about works by Candace Couse including images
Couse, Candace. "Candace Couse." Ed. Emily Dustman. E-Squared Magazine Oct. 2016: 105-08. Print.
Swinkels, Dorothé. “Candace Couse: Hand Over Foot.” Dutch International Textile Magazine Textiel Plus, Issue 232, August 2015.
Rutigliano, Alessio. "Candace Couse: Coping Mechanism." (major interview feature) 2014 Biennial Edition VIDEOFOCUS, Special Issue, Stigmart 10 Art Review Oct. 2014: 70-77.
Raviv, Yael. “Blood, Guts, and Yarn: Knitting and Embroidery by Candace Couse” Web Blog Post, JUXTAPOZ, Juxtapoz Art and Culture Magazine. Issue 113, Web. June 2013.
VI) Selected reviews of exhibitions and activities in newspapers/web
Majtenyi, Cathy. “Two Brock students named finalists in national research video contest” The Brock News. April 20th, 2018.
Gazzola, Bart. “Marilyn I. Walker School of Performing Arts Opens with Shifting Practices” The Sound St. Catharines. October 8th, 2015.
Barutowicz Aldona. “The Kingston Prize 2013 in Downtown Calgary” Web Blog Post Downtown Calgary, Get Down. October 29th, 2013 Web. Dec 2013.
Otto, Chantelle J. “TUFF Winners & Party at The Drake” Web Blog Post The Roaming Life. 18 September 2013 Web. December 2013.
Fox, Zoe N. “TUFF 2013 AWARD WINNERS” Web Blog Post Art in Transit. 18 September 2013 Web. December 2013.
Shetty, Seine. “TUFF Celebrates the Best of Subway Films” Web Blog Post, Playback, Playback Online. 16 September 2013 Web. December 2013.
Mateos, Alejandra. “Embroidery Candace Couse” Web Blog Post, Fantástico Cotidiano. September 2013 Web. December 2013.
Gutierrez, Jené. “Candace Couse Threads and Knits the Human Form” Web Blog Post, Beautiful Decay, 17 June 2013 Web. June 2013.
Author Unknown. “Candace Couse” Web Blog Post The Dr. Oz Show. 29 May 2013, Web. June 2013.
Aslan, Ben. “Candace Couse: Embroidered Anatomy” Web Blog Post The City Loves You, Urban. 20 May 2013, Web. June 2013.
Hamilton, Lea. “Candace Couse’s Personal Geographies” Web Blog Post Art and Science Journal. 15 May 2013 Web. June 2013.
Hanson, Joseph. “Anatomical Embroidery” Web Blog Post Currents in Biology, It’s Okay to be Smart. 13 May 2013, Web. June 2013.
Jobson, Christopher. “Candace Couse” Web Blog Post Colossal, This is Colossal. 3 May 2013 Web. June 2013.
Ruiz, Vanessa. “Candace Couse – Waste” Web Blog Post Street Anatomy. 1 May 2013 Web. June 2013.
“Waste: Embroidery on Fabric” Web Blog Post The Collective 57. 13 April 2013 Web. June 2013.
Forbes, Jamie E. “Arte Laguna Prize” Web Blog Post Fine Art Magazine, Sun Storm Arts Pub. Co Inc. 2 September 2012 Web. June 2013.
“Candace Couse: Watch Sick” Web Blog Post The National Film Board of Canada, Hothouse. 3 June 2011 Web. June 2011.
"Sick" — Candace Couse." Web blog post. Book of Joe. N.p., 22 Nov. 2011. Web. 30 Nov. 2011.
"NFB Hothouse 7 Animation: Wrap Screening." Web blog post. Drink and Draw Montreal, 2 June 2011. Web. 1 Oct. 2011.
"Confluence: University of Calgary MFA Graduating Exhibition 2010." Review. Web Blog Post. Calgary Culture. Calgary Culture, 1 Aug. 2010. Web. 14 Nov. 2010.
Wegg, James. “Earth Works: Candace Couse” Web Blog Post The James Wegg Review. 12 September 2009 Web. October 2009.