Payton Husk

Artist Statement

I make video installations using GIFs, projection mapping and audio. My ‘monstrous’ imagery walks along the lines of being dark and disturbing while still retaining comedic and approachable elements. The spaces themselves are designed in a way that resembles a considerably safe space being invaded by things that are unknown. The monstrous imagery tends to interact with the space itself with no knowledge of a viewer or audience being around them. My art is a physical, psychological, and visual experience into my own mind and experiences. My work consistently deals with issues and awareness regarding several different mental health related issues in hopes of abolishing the stigma and promoting conversation and awareness. Although my artwork is a physical representation of my own thoughts, visions, and experiences, I hope to disconnect myself from my art in order to allow these thoughts and feelings to exist on their own. My work provokes emotions such as fear, anxiety, and vulnerability to audiences as a means to initiate conversations. I hope to develop a conflict of emotions within my works by allowing them to be both comforting and unsettling. My art speaks to the importance of being aware of your own vulnerability and fears and coming to terms with them. By accepting fear as a primary force in our lives, we become stronger, smarter, and more accepting of new experiences and are able to evaluate our lives in a completely new way.

Artist Biography

Payton Husk is a Canadian artist born in Waterloo, Ontario into a close knit Newfie family. Diagnosed with several different mental illnesses throughout her life, Husk has struggled with her own personal demons from a young age. Her artistic practice is centered on her perception of reality as well as her own lived experiences. She uses her art as an escape from her own mental anguish by recreating and installing her own visions into an established space for others to experience. Her work focuses on themes around a conflict of emotions by providing aesthetically dark imagery with hints of comedic character. Husk is actively involved in working with children dealing with learning disabilities as well as being a Kids Help Phone suicide relief call worker. Her recent exhibitions include Unguarded, Reflections on Water, and The Socrates Project held by McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario.