Justin Skahan was born in Montreal, QC where she currently lives and works. She obtained her BFA in Studio Arts with Distinction from Concordia University in 2010 and recently completed her MFA at the University of Ottawa. She has participated in residencies at the Banff Centre in Banff, AB, the Wild Bush Residency in Val-David, QC, and recently participated in the de Gaspé Nanoresidency in Montreal, QC. In 2015, Skahan was the recipient of the inaugural Stonecroft Foundation Venice Scholarship, and in 2016 received the René Payant Award for Outstanding Thesis Support Paper from the University of Ottawa. Her work has appeared in of n+1 magazine and Spectra Journal (out of Concordia University). She has participated in numerous exhibitions throughout Canada and was a finalist in the 2016 RBC Canadian Painting Competition.
“Houses of Fredericton”
Is a series of drawings of Fredericton’s front lawns as encountered via Google Street View. Justine’s practice focuses on observations of domestic architecture. She is interested in the structure of the home as a metaphor for emotional states and intimate relationships – things in need of perpetual upkeep and regular repair. She is inspired by how people accessorize, landscape and decorate their property, and has used technology to remotely observe and record these interventions.