TORONTO — Artist Vanessa Maltese will represent Canada at the 2018 Artist-in-Residence program at the Glenfiddich Distillery in Dufftown, Scotland.
The three-month program houses eight artists from around the globe and offers a $20,000 prize to produce new works in an array of media, including print and photography to animation, performance and installation inspired by the distillery, history, heritage, people and craftsmanship of the surrounding area.
“I’m extremely honoured and excited to have been selected for the 2018 Glenfiddich Artist-in-Residence Program,” says Maltese. “I look forward to exploring new ideas while in residence at Glenfiddich and believe the time, space and opportunity offered by this program will serve as the perfect incubator to put my proposed ideas into action.”
Maltese was selected from more than 100 Canadian entries by a panel of six jurors from Canada’s arts community. Her winning proposal explores pareidolia — a psychological phenomenon in which the mind responds to a stimulus, usually an image or a sound, by perceiving a familiar pattern such as a face or an animal, where none exists.
Since its inception, the program has hosted more than 152 artists from 20 countries in the summer residency, including 13 Canadians.