"Cup is Full" by Luke Parnell and "Neither Here Nor There" by Adam Stenhouse are works of art that focus on the theme of identity within space and place.  

Luke Parnell  

"Cup is Full'

In Cup is Full, Luke Parnell captures movement. The scene depicts a a traditional Nisga’a festival called Hobiyee or as it is now known, Nisga’a New Year.  The carving illustrates the relationship between gender in Nisga’a dance and the strengthening of the clan system. Nisga’a is a 4 clan system; wolf, frog, eagle and killer whale, the totems that flank the carved yellow cedar contain the four crests of the Nisga’a clan system – wolf, frog, eagle and killer whale.

Luke Parnell is an artist of Haida and Nisga’a heritage who, through the use of traditional techniques from the Northwest Coast, investigates contemporary social issues. Parnell also simultaneously acknowledges the historical implications of his method of working within his practice.  Parnell’s work continues to address ideas of rights, ownership, and privilege in the context of his own experience.  Parnell has been a professional artist for ten years. Having graduated from Emily Carr with distinction, Parnell is the recipient of the 2012 Winsor Gallery Graduate Student Award. He has exhibited work across Canada, recent exhibitions include: “Not So Fast” at the Harbourfront Center in Ontario in 2012; “Transportation and Renewal” at the Seymour Gallery in 2013, Vancouver; and a feature at Winsor Gallery in 2014, entitled “Re-contextualizing the De-consecrated”. Parnell is currently an instructor at Emily Carr University of Art + Design.

Adam Stenhouse 

"Neither Here Nor There"

Neither Here Nor There, is an exploration of place and the significance it has upon an individual. There are 34 images in this series.  Revisiting the place of my childhood and exploring the place of my present, the project considers how I relate my concept of the word ‘home’ to both places.  Each image is made of two separate photographs, one of an interior and one of a landscape as the images question what makes home - the house or the landscape it sits within? The images are suggestive of a profound melancholy as the series explores the lingering sense of loss associated with leaving one place that prevents us from truly arriving at the next.

Adam Stenhouse is a Vancouver based photographer and artist. His work examines the relationships between individuals and communities and the landscapes they inhabit by exploring the impact they have in each other with the camera.