I explore digitally fabricated outputs alongside traditional skill based sculpture and flat work creation derived from a Daily Art Practice that engages the community in the art studio. Working off of basic understandings in the field of social psychology, projects reimagine ‘relation’ in visible forms, being as receptive and impacted by those they are created around and with as we are in our communities and by our geological locations of living. By working with technology as a form of human output I seek to embody the Cyborg of Donna Haraway's A Cyborg Manifesto (1991), opposing antagonistic dualisms of human vs machine and human vs nature to look at overlaps in the human, technological and animal realms. This cultural-posthumanist approach to ‘objects/paintings/drawings’ questioning silos of artistic creation and works within the expanded fieldto create new languages of artmaking.
Breanna Shanahan (she/her/they) is a third generation white settler of Maltese and Irish descent. She is a recent resident of the traditional territories of the Erie, Neutral, Huron-Wendat, Haudenosaunee and Mississaugas (Also known as Hamilton) Shanahan received her MFA at Concordia University in june 2019 and was a SSHRC recipient in 2017. She is one of the newest members of the Assembly Gallery artist collective and is a longstanding member of the Montreal based artist collective QO (Quite Ourselves) Shanahan is a volunteer at the Hamilton Artist Inc. and her works have been exhibited in Italy, China, Austria, the United States of America and in Canada. Shanahan has taught Sculpture and Drawing courses across Canada at multiple post-secondary and community institutions.