Today in the Lower Mainland, even living “small” seems out of reach. Artist Germaine Koh proposed a do-it-yourself approach to the challenges of the current housing climate in her exhibition Home Made Home. The artist asks: “What other forms of housing can you imagine?” Building prototypes, functional structures and small dwellings, Koh draws attention to alternative means for modern living.
Germaine Koh is a Canadian visual artist based in Vancouver, although she spends a great deal of time on Salt Spring Island, where much of her building takes place. Her approach to her art exemplifies what it means to have an artistic practice that allows for the kind of continual learning that happens through making. Her resulting artworks demonstrate her ongoing investigation of the significance of everyday actions, familiar objects and common places. Currently, Koh is serving as the first artist-in-residence at the City of Vancouver’s Engineering Department. Her work has been exhibited nationally and internationally. Koh was a recipient of the 2010 VIVA Award and a finalist for the 2004 Sobey Art Award. Formerly Assistant Curator of Contemporary Art at the National Gallery of Canada, she is also an independent curator and partner in the independent record label weewerk.
All images: Installation view of Germaine Koh: Home Made Home, exhibition at the Art Gallery at Evergreen, 2018. Photography: Rachel Topham Photography.