A group of artists show works tackling gender inequality in science on Vancouver’s North Shore
By Jaclyn Hayward
When you heard NASA cancelled plans for an all-female space walk due to the lack of appropriate fitting space suits, how did you feel like responding? “I wanted to go on a Space Walk but I had nothing to wear” is an exhibit that dives into this question, and you can catch it now at CityScape Community Art Space in North Vancouver.
Through a collection of photos, textiles, and printmaking, artists Ilze Bebris, Catherine Stewart, Ruth Scheuing, Marcia Pitch, and Kiku Hawkes have used various creative mediums to pay tribute to the many achievements of women in science. Additionally, the collective also highlights and uncovers the barriers that exist in traditionally male-dominated spaces. One such piece, Herstory is told using colourful displays that emulate female forms, breasts and other aspects of “femininity” while exploring feminist theories around the role of the body.
The exhibit celebrates the accomplishments of powerful women who continue to break barriers and thrive in industries that may not otherwise make room for them – for example, by not designing appropriate space suits.
You can catch “I wanted to go on a Space Walk but I had nothing to wear” on Vancouver’s North Shore until April 14
For more info: northvanarts.ca
Cover photo piece by Catherine M Stewart and Katherine Johnson
*All photos courtesy of North Van Arts