Meichen Waxer is a visual artist and arts worker based on the unceded xʷməθkwəy̓əm, Sḵwx̱wú7mesh, and Səl̓ílwətaʔ territories of Vancouver, Canada. 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 #3 Gallery, Vancouver Canada; Charles H. Scott, Vancouver, Canada; Halka Sanat, Istanbul, Turkey; and Open Studio, Toronto. Meichen currently sits as Vice President of the Board of Directors at Or Gallery, 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 the co-founder and co-director 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 across the lower Mainland of British Columbia.