Through an interdisciplinary practiced focused on installation, photography and sculpture, Meichen Waxer consistently engages in questions surrounding culturally inherited power structures and resulting modes of representation. She draws primary reference from domestic materials, architecture and ornamentation to explore relationships laden with symbolic significance straddling the personal and social. Waxer’s practice employs personal experiences and references to create works that both highlight and cut across the connections and differences between disparate periods and aesthetics.
Meichen holds a Masters of Applied Arts from Emily Carr University of Art + Design, as well as a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the Ontario College of Art and Design University. Meichen was recently an artist in residence at Halka Sanat, Istanbul, Turkey and Turkish Cultural Foundation Fellow, as well as artist in residence at 33 Officina Creativa, Toffia, Italy. This summer she will be artist in residence at Anvil Centre ,New Westminster, Canada. Recent exhibitions include Charles H. Scott, Vancouver, Canada, Halka Sanat, Istanbul, Turkey, Open Studio, Toronto, and Milk Glass , Toronto, Canada. Meichen currently sits as Vice President of the Board of Directors at Or Gallery, Vancouver, Canada.
Meichen is the co-founder and co-director of Arts Assembly. Arts Assembly is a community-focused arts organization that emphasizes artistic collaboration. With a focus on social practices, we aim to foster relationships between the community and professional artists. We hope to expand the notion of what art can be and do, and provide a high caliber of diverse and inclusive arts programming in West Vancouver.