Clarissa Banos | Eden Fine Day | PJ Patten

Identity is a collaboration between three artists of disparate origins. It aims to explore the diverse viewpoints and experiences from which the artists have arrived here in New Westminster. Each artist is a resident of this country, yet each comes from somewhere else.
Clarissa Banos immigrated from El Salvador and has lived here in Canada for almost 20 years. Her art is reminiscent of the bold style and colours of that region of the world.
PJ Patten is a Japanese American who was raised in California, and his influences are a mixture of traditional Japanese Buddhism and the surf culture he was raised around.
Eden Fine Day comes from the Sweetgrass First Nation in Saskatchewan, but was raised mostly in East Vancouver and has spent more than a decade in California. Her Cree identity has meant she has never felt she belonged in the Lower Mainland or anywhere else she has lived as an adult.
It’s this strange sense of looking for home where we are, of expressing one’s inner identity while participating in a culture that is foreign in some way, that motivates the works in Identity. We invite you to peer into the hearts and minds of each artist as they try to express this ever shifting sense of place and belonging.

August 11 – December 5
Opening Reception: Sunday, August 11
Community Art Space
3rd Floor, Anvil Centre 777 Columbia Street