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Maria Anna Parolin BFA (UVIC), MFA (Alberta)
Maria Anna Parolin is a visual artist and instructor who studied at Capilano University (Studio Art Diploma), University of Victoria (BFA), Accademia di Belle Arti di Venezia, apprenticed with a master printer in Venice, and received an MFA at the University of Alberta in Printmaking. In 2003, she was awarded a Research Fellowship at Musashino Art University in Tokyo, Japan, was a Visiting Artist at Emily Carr during the 2003/04 academic year and continues to teach there, Capilano University, as well as Kwantlen Polytechnic University. She has participated in numerous solo and group exhibitions in Canada including the Alberta Biennial of Contemporary Art 2000, and in Japan, Korea, Sweden, and Italy. She has participated in a number of Artist in Residence programs such as Gros Morne National Park (Newfoundland), the Banff Centre, and Art Studio Itsukaichi (Tokyo, Japan). In 2006, Richard Noyce included her in his book, Printmaking at the Edge – 45 Artists: 16 Countries: a new perspective, published in the UK. Her past work attempted to blur the lines between object and product, fine art and consumer market, by challenging difference and exclusivity on the one hand, and exposing the fraudulence of media and marketing strategies on the other. Currently her work is consumed by the myriad of objects and influences immediately in front of her - from Nature’s multiples, used materials in all stages of life, and by adopting a perspective that is both wide-eyed and a little closer to the ground.