April Dean is a visual artist living and working in Edmonton, Alberta. In 2012 she was granted a Master of Fine Arts Degree in Fine & Media Arts from NSCAD University in Halifax, Nova Scotia. Her graduate thesis research was funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC). She has a diploma in photographic technology from NAIT and a Bachelor of Arts Degree with distinction from The University of Alberta with a major in Art & Design (Printmaking) and a minor in English. Her work is held in both public and private collections and has been purchased by the Alberta Foundation for the Arts. Her work has been exhibited across Canada and Internationally. In 2016 she was awarded with a PACE Mayor’s Award for the Arts for Excellence in Arts Management, a public art commission from the Edmonton Arts Council and was named one of Avenue Magazine’s Top 40 under 40. She is the Executive Director of the Society of Northern Alberta Print-Artists (SNAP), a non-profit & artist-run centre in Edmonton, Alberta.
I have an overwhelming urge to clear out some white space, to bury urgency and contend with stillness. I worry about half empty and half full cups, about the strange disconnect from the natural, which many of us feel, and how this distance affects our understanding of what it is to be human. There are artists who use text and there are artists who write. I do both. Increasingly text has begun to play a prominent role in my work. Writing is not enough, I am a visual artist and I need to make words real and physical and inscribed into a surface as image – as if their essential meaning were dependent on them being seen in a certain way. I am interested in the vibrations of meaning and interpretation that occur when materials, images and text are placed carefully together. I find I am being explicitly vague – I want you to know what I mean – but I also want to implicate you directly in the associations and potential meanings found in the words. I am interested in the words we choose to share publicly as the many possible meanings and inferences and interpretations of prescriptive but poetic text bounce off of one another. In much the same way as advertising is speaking to your inner most self, my work could be speaking directly to you reflecting back your internal running script.