“Set in and around the trailers of my parents in the small suburb of Mission, B.C., my work is extremely personal and deeply rooted in the desire to draw, paint and build stories. My practice emerged from my experience taking care of my grandpa, who wanted to die because he couldn’t make anything anymore. As a result, my work is grounded in sincere, vernacular attempts to form meaning through making: acts of puttering, fake-making and home renovations. My work is also about care-giving: it proposes potential solutions for my family member’s problems and works with and for them. Teetering between hope and despair, wrestling with profound doubt, my work becomes about trying. Ultimately, the humanity in my spaces, objects and drawings allows us to find humour in our own fumbling attempts to move through the world. They create spaces that force us to be present in the insecurity of being and doing. The point is to make vulnerable, and to give pleasure.”
Sherry Walchuk is a Montreal-based artist.