Morag Schonken is an interdisciplinary artist, emerging curator & writer and environmental advocate whose interests include installation, sound, sculpture, weaving, homesteading, and community projects.
Her practice connects and moves through the traditional boundaries between these mediums while exploring her deep inherent connection to place. The grounding point for Morag’s work is in the metaphors of rooting, how the roots we grow are affected by place. She is interested in how observations and intense, slow responding to her place may bring about cultural change and awaken ecological awareness: Making as a form of contemplative activism.
Born in Zimbabwe, Morag has traveled most of her life, living, creating, and exhibiting in Toronto, Winnipeg, Halifax, Australia, England, Singapore, South Africa, and currently in Pierson, Manitoba.
She has her BFA from NSCAD University, Visual Arts Diploma from the Toronto School of Art, Graduated from MAWA’s Foundation Mentorship Program, and a Drawing and Painting Certificate from the Haliburton School of Art.
“Having once put [her] hand into the ground seeding there what [she] hopes will outlast [her], a [woman] has made marriage with [her] place, and if [she] leaves it [her] flesh will ache to go back.” ~Wendell Berry~