Aileen Penner is a BC-based emerging artist working at intersection of art and environmental science. Her formal training is as a writer and poet and it is her love of language and nature that informs and inspires her work. She primarily works in encaustic (beeswax media), sculpture/installation and printmaking. Themes in Aileen’s work centre on loss: loss of species, family, culture and trauma often asking, where do we place our collective grief? She is the 2018-19 Kent Harrison Arts Council Artist in Residence at Harrison Hot Springs. Aileen holds a Diploma in Visual Arts (2016) from Camosun College and a Masters of Environmental Studies in Environmental Writing and Art from the York University (2004). In 2018 was awarded the Van den Brink Summer Residency at Camosun College where she produced cyanotypes as part of a solo show. Aileen has exhibited at the North Vancouver Community Art Gallery, Gulf of Georgia Cannery, Camosun College, The Fortune Gallery and the VIVO Media Arts Centre in Vancouver. Aileen holds a Diploma in Visual Arts from Camosun College and a Masters of Environmental from the York University. From 2004 to 2013, Aileen worked alongside marine scientists and engineers as part of her Communications role with various corporate and non-profit companies. She serves on the Board of Cetus Research & Conservation Society.
My formal training is as a writer and poet and it is my love of language and nature that informs and inspires my work. My poems tend to be a tension-filled quiet fury on the page and the approach I use with my art is the same. I have often quietly considered and researched and then done further research into an idea I am working on. Themes in my work centre on loss: loss of species, trauma and where to place our collective grief, and chaos and order in nature. I am heavily influenced and curious about scientific ways of understanding the world and I am equally interested in what goes into the so-called scientific method, as what is left out.