Deltra Powney

Deltra Powney is an interdisciplinary artist living and working in Alberta, Canada


About the artist

Originally from Saskatchewan Deltra moved to Alberta to attend Medicine Hat College, receiving a Visual Communications Diploma in 1993, eventually working in advertising in Edmonton. From 1999 to 2001 she mentored students at the Jasper Place High School Artist Residency in Edmonton, and started exhibiting her work. In 2017 she graduated from the University of Alberta, with a Bachelor of Fine Arts with distinction focused in printmaking, intermedia, and painting. Her work has been retained by corporate, and private collectors, and the University of Alberta. Deltra divides her time between her home studio in Stony Plain, the Society of Northern Alberta Printmakers workshop in Edmonton, and teaching adult painting classes at Edmonton City Arts Centre. This summer (2018) Deltra will be traveling to the Yukon Territory to attend the Canadian Wilderness Artist Residency where she will be canoeing the Yukon River between Whitehorse and Dawson City, and taking part in the Dawson Riverside Arts Festival.

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About the Work

I work with ideas themed around a connection to or dislocation from a sense of place. Natural and manmade environments are used as a jumping off point as I react to the physicality of any given material. Never really being able to completely document an experience in its entirety I rely on the materials to guide the making. Traces of process are visible capturing the essence of experiences, places, the presence of being or lack thereof, and a collective consciousness of human/environmental relations.