In Meadowsweet, Vancouver-based artist Kristi Malakoff explores the themes of fantasy and enchantment in a site-specific installation created entirely out of paper flowers. Using over 23000 flowers cut from digital images taken while living in Banff in the summer of 2005, Malakoff will create a fantastical space in which viewers are invited to transcend their daily realities.
Malakoff’s installation was be created during a residency that took place in Stride Gallery’s Project Room from August 15th to September 8th, 2006.
Kristi Malakoff is a Canadian-born visual artist, exhibiting on an international scale, who has recently moved to British Columbia from Berlin, Germany. She is a 2005 BFA graduate of the Emily Carr Institute in Vancouver where she was the recipient of many awards and scholarships, among them the Alvin Balkind Memorial Scholarship, the Helen Pitt Award and the Governor General’s silver medal for the top Emily Carr Institute graduating student of 2005. Since graduating, she has participated in artist residency programs at the Banff Centre, the Stride Gallery, Calgary, and SÍM, Reykjavík, Iceland. She has exhibited in an exhaustive schedule in both group and solo shows throughout Canada and in England, the US, Germany and Mexico. Her work has been featured and reviewed in most major Canadian newspapers, journals and arts-related magazines. In 2008, she received a Canada Council Project Grant for Visual Artists. Her work is held in private and corporate collections across Canada and the US.