Angie Arsenault is an artist and researcher currently enrolled in the HUMA PhD Program at Concordia University where she focuses on fine art, deindustrialization and oral history. Angie is from the deindustrialized island of Cape Breton and much of her art practise and research employs memory, material culture and storytelling to examine life in and around ruination on the island. Angie’s artistic explorations generally manifest in sculpture, installation and performance, but she has recently been exploring book work. She holds both a BFA (2004) and MFA (2017) from NSCAD University where her Masters thesis project, Keeper of Industrial Memory, was awarded both a SSHRC and the Governor General Academic Gold Medal. Angie is also a trained goldsmith (VCC, 2009) and was the sole proprietor of a fine jewellery business for six years.
Title of research: Working through deindustrialization: Art and ruination.
Supervisors: Cynthia Hammond, Steven High and MJ Thompson