Why Dad MMXI
Calgary 2011 DV, 11:16
WHY DAD MMXI was inspired by an unsuccessful grant application of mine. I'd been super excited to make a project that required major funding and was crestfallen to find out that my fellow taxpayers and artist peers didn't feel the same way. I felt like a part of me had died, and I moped around pathetically for weeks. While visiting my Father's house during this time I noticed some marked similarities in our moping/coping behaviours. My Father's art practice has been a sensitive topic in the past few years, and making this video allowed us to have an honest talk about what exactly his creative output and challenges are. I realized that most of the reasons why he would stop making art are totally the reasons why I would throw in the towel at any moment. Conversely, or rather most importantly, we discovered that the reasons to keep producing are shared too.
Wednesday Lupypciw is from Calgary, Alberta, where she pursues a video and pearformance art practice. To make money she is a part-time maid. She also maintains a concurrent practice in textiles — weaving, machine knitting, embroidery and crochet — but this is done mostly while procrastinating on other, larger projects. One of those projects is the performance art collective The Ladies Invitational Deadbeat Society (LIDS), a loosely knit group of purposefully lazy womenfolk. She is a Fibre programme undergraduate from the Alberta College of Art + Design, a proud auntie, and a volunteer for various artist-run initiatives. She has shown work and made projects in various spaces throughout Canada including the Textile Museum of Canada, The Art Gallery Of Alberta, TRUCK Gallery, Stride, the Klondike Institute of Arts & Culture, The Banff Centre, Harbourfront, Nuit Blanche Toronto, and EMMEDIA.