Meichen Waxer is a queer visual artist, curator and arts worker based in Tkaronto, commonly known as Toronto, and traditional lands of the Mississaugas of the Credit, the Anishnabeg, the Chippewa, the Haudenosaunee and the Wendat peoples.
Meichen holds a Masters of Fine 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 Treignac Projet, France; Anvil Centre, New Westminster and Halka Sanat, Istanbul, Turkey as well as Turkish Cultural Foundation Fellow. Recent exhibitions include Mr. Lee’s Shed, Vancouver Canada; #3 Gallery, Vancouver Canada; Charles H. Scott, Vancouver, Canada; halka sanat projesi, Istanbul, Turkey; and Open Studio, Toronto. Forthcoming, Meichen has a solo exhibition at CSA Space, Vancouver, Canada
Through an interdisciplinary practiced focused on installation, sculpture and image based media, 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 is Co-Director and Co-Founder of Arts Assembly. Arts Assembly is a community-focused womxn identified run and led arts organization that emphasizes artistic collaboration, discursive research and reciprocal exchange. With a focus on social practices, Arts Assembly aims to foster relationships between the community and professional artists, hoping to expand the notion of what art can be and do, and provide a high caliber of diverse and inclusive arts programming.