Faculty Research

Most full-time faculty at Emily Carr, and many sessional faculty members, are pursuing their own creative practices in art and design and in research projects, in addition to careers as educators and leaders. Some of the research programs currently underway are highlighted below.

Paul Mathieu                                                                                             China-Australia-Canada Ceramics and the Archive Research, Industrial Partnership

Image 1: "Dimaxion Bowls". This object was designed and produced using digital rendering and printing. It is the first ceramic object ever produced in this manner in both its 3D form and 2D surface.

Image 2: "Double-walled cup". This slip-cast object was produced at the experimental design studio of Huaguang, Zibo, China. The object was designed so that its surface is a simple cylinder, which can also be continuous as multiple objects are lined up as a group. Associate Professor Paul Mathieu’s research projects are informed by computer technologies and ceramics as complementary forms of archives. Mathieu says, “As with any research, the methods and systems are somewhat defined, yet the goals are less clear and the results totally unknown.” Mathieu was recently awarded a partnership development grant by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC). This award presents Mathieu with the opportunity to work collaboratively with the help of computer savvy student research assistants and his three partners, Janet deBoos from Australian National University, Yanze Jiang from Nanjing Art Institute and the Huaguang Bone China factory in Zibo, China.



Ruth Beer
Trading Routes

Before and after - Aerial view of chopped down Boreal forest near a tar sands mine north of Fort McMurray, Alberta, Canada. © Jiri Rezac / WWF-UK (image via Greenpeace and Open Culture)

Photo: Ruth Beer, 2013Professor Dr. Ruth Beer’s research projects are informed by her interest in research and creation of artwork and exhibitions as a means to promote dialogue that focuses of “place” at the intersection of culture, economy and the environment.  Dr. Beer  (lead investigator) along with co-investigators Dr. Glen Lowry (ECUAD) and Dr. Kit Grauer (UBC) was awarded a four year grant from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC). Trading Routes: Grease Trails, Oil Futures will involve rural and urban artists and storytellers to address the history, present and future of the northwest Canadian coast and inland region where expanding oil pipeline routes overlap the terrain once used by Aboriginal peoples for the transportation and trade of grease (fish oil). Beer’s research questions focus on regional circumstances concerned with cultural capital and its role in addressing social, economic, and ecological implications regarding the use and transportation of natural resources locally and globally with respect to trade, fossil fuel and sustainability.

Brenda Crabtree                                                                                            Cedar: The Tree of Life

Brenda Crabtree. Image 1. Inner Cedar Bark Hat

Brenda Crabtree, Image 2. Inner Cedar Bark BasketBrenda Crabtree’s The Tree of Life project is part of Emily Carr’s Academic Sustainability Working Group, a growing research practice at the university that focuses on sustainability.  Crabtree’s work recognizes the cedar tree as an important resource for Aboriginal people in British Columbia. Indigenous art forms are vital expressions of our cultural identity and are continually shifting between traditional and contemporary representation and re-interpretation. Crabtree says, “There is a collective indigenous cultural identity…an identity that embraces the traditional foundations of the inherent knowledge of our resources, sustainability, access to materials and economic development.” ~ Brenda Crabtree