UN/making the Unneeded:
Preparing for the New

Performance by Jill Price
In part of From Unsettling to UN/making
November 15, 11am–6pm
Free + in-person program

Join Cultural Studies PhD candidate Jill Price for a durational performance of unmaking.

Do you like to tear paper? Interested in what happens when one unmakes themselves from the studio to share their process and research with the public? Jill Price will carefully deconstruct a large paper sculpture from her MFA thesis exhibition in preparation for the creation of seed paper, upon which she will handwrite her PhD thesis From Unsetting to UN/making early next year.

Both cathartic and rewarding, passersby can simply sit, watch and listen or assist Price in hand shredding her past work while speaking with the artist.

Please note that all hands and voices will be recorded during this performance.

Image: Jill Price, Earth Shadow #025, 2017, 15 lbs of reclaimed textiles, 750 litres of water, 60 hours of electricity, 3 tanks of gas.... | Courtesy of the artist

This event is part of Jill Price's UN/making series.
Want to stay in touch with the project? Be sure to sign up for the UN/making Network's e-newsletters when visiting or participating in the performance.

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 series is supported in part by funding from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council.