UN/making Concrete:
Composting for the Commons
with Jill Price

In part of From Unsettling to UN/making
October 18 at 11–2 pm
Free + in-person program

Join Union Gallery and PhD Candidate Jill Price as they extend the walls of the gallery and prepare the new Union Gallery Garden for its inaugural artist intervention in the spring of 2023.

To create rich and lively soil for the May 2023 planting of Price’s handwritten thesis on seed paper, Union Gallery invites students, faculty and the larger community to contribute their food scraps from breakfast and lunch. Upon adding food waste to the deficient soil of the ground level garden, Price will spread out the nutrient rich matter combined with paper mulch from past exams, essays, proposals and applications, before putting the garden to bed for the winter.

Have some time? Talk with Jill about her research into unmaking as a creative act.


Jill Price is an interdisciplinary Canadian artist of German, Scottish, Welsh and unknown descent grateful to be living, working and playing on the traditional territory of the Wendat Nation and Anishinaabeg people, which include the Odawa, Ojibwe, and Pottawatomi Nations collectively known as the Three Fires Confederacy, in Barrie, Ontario. Currently in the last stages of a SSHRC PhD Research Fellowship in Cultural Studies at Queen's University, Price earned a BFA and BEd at Western University and an MFA in Interdisciplinary Art Media and Design at OCAD University in Toronto, Ontario. The recipient of a 2016 SSHRC national research grant and the 2017 Michael Smith Foreign Study Bursary for research into the ecological, social and psychological shadows of the global textile industry, Price was also awarded the 2017 Research and Writing Award for my thesis Land as Archive: A Collection of Seen and Unseen Shadows. Her current thesis, From Unsettling to Unmaking: One Settler's Critical Methodology for Unmaking Anthropogenic Perspectives and Practices Towards Land explores the histories of materials and effects of imagery while investigating how unmaking can be a creative act that leads to gestures of care and repair.

"At times wondering if there is still time to pursue my love of singing or comedic writing, I am a wannabe city slicker stuck in suburban hell who has the utmost respect for those who sustain rural or wilder ecologies. Able to sleep just about anywhere except beside my snoring husband, I often dream in colour despite being drawn to all things black and white and think the world would be a better place if humans evolved from trees. Particularly interested in how matter matters and minimal expressions that have the potential to communicate broadly and ethically, I am personally striving to reduce, simplify and carefully consider what I put into the world."

Jill Price's UN/making Concrete: Composting for the Commons is supported in part by funding from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council.