Monique Motut-Firth


Monique Motut-Firth is an award winning multidisciplinary visual artist, writer and arts educator. A graduate from the MFA Visual Arts program at Emily Carr University of Art + Design, her work has been shown nationally and internationally. She also holds a BFA from Emily Carr and a BA from the University of British Columbia where she was awarded the Margaret Lawrence Scholarship for the Arts. Her current work investigates the use of collage as a critical strategy for exploring popular culture and knowledge making (and un-making).

She has gained international recognition for her animation shorts and has exhibited in a number of solo and group shows including, The Pendulum Gallery (Vancouver), Ryerson University (Toronto), Two Rivers Gallery (Prince George), Eyelevel Gallery (Halifax), Access Gallery, Charles H. Scott Gallery, 221A and the Helen Pitt Gallery in Vancouver. She has been an artist-in-residence at the Banff Centre for the Arts and has received support from the Canada Council for the Arts.

Motut-Firth is a 3rd generation settler of mixed heritage, Russian Doukhobor and French Roman Catholic. She would like to acknowledge that she grew up in the shadow of St. Mary’s Mission Indian Residential School (1861-1984), on the ancestral and shared territory of the Stol:Lo people. She gratefully continues to live, work and play on the beautiful and unceded traditional territories of the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm, Skwxwú7mesh and Səl̓ílwətaʔ/Selilwitulh nations.

Courses taught

  • ENTA 1100: Sketching for Communication in Entertainment Arts
  • ENTA 1102: Figure Drawing in Entertainment Arts
  • ENTA 1201: Colour and Design in Entertainment Arts
  • ENTA 1202: Head Drawing in Entertainment Arts
  • ENTA 1301: Traditional Painting in Entertainment Arts

Areas of Interest

Monique Motut-Firth is interested in the visual overlap of pop culture, technical images and art history. She experiments with clipped common imagery to build new ideas, compositions and contraptions using ideas of collage, machine motion and animation. Her resulting scrap-systems link, layer and weave together image cultures, eras and visual signifiers. She studied theatre, fashion, drawing and painting and has been writing Arts curriculum and working with students in the Vancouver area for over a decade.