Hello and welcome to my page, I am a Visual Artist

Bethany Pardoe grew up in Nelson, BC and has been creating art for as long as she can remember. In 2021, she moved to Vancouver, BC to attend Emily Carr University of Art and Design where she is currently majoring in illustration. She has exhibited work in numerous exhibitions and events including 4 x 4 on 5th, numerous exhibitions at Emily Carr University of Art and Design, two of Oxygen Art Centre’s Juried Youth exhibitions, and various Kootenay based Art Walks and community events. Pardoe has completed four solo mural projects and three collaborative murals for the NDYC. She has worked and volunteered for art organisations such as the Nelson and District Arts Council, Oxygen Art Centre, and North Van Arts. Her goals for the future include writing and illustrating her own stories, developing her illustration skills, and participating in as many community art opportunities as she can.

Pardoe, Bethany

Contact Details

  Pardoe, Bethany

  Vancouver, BC, Canada

Samples of my work

Artist Statement

Stories and narratives provide a framework from which we can make sense of the world, they allow us to imagine alternative realities and conceptualize better futures. With a fairy-tale-esque flourish, my practice examines the fictional and the fantastical as a conduit for finding meaning in day-to-day life. I draw, paint, sculpt, and otherwise express narratives centering the otherworldly. Through the process of creating art that sits adjacent to reality rather than within it, I reframe experiences or situations that can feel too big or scary to face into a manageable format. I examine trauma, memory, past experiences, and the imagination. In my 2D work, I layer traditional mediums with an emphasis on intuitive mark making to suggest an element of the childlike and the naïve. As a body, my work opposes the masculinist notion that fine art must be subtle and serious. Through the use of bright colours, layered textures, and whimsically represented animal and human subjects, my work exists in the space between adulthood and childhood.

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