Kasia van Schaik
Kasia van Schaik (she/her) is a writer and critic living in Montreal, where she is a PhD candidate at McGill University. Her work has appeared in Electric Literature, the Los Angeles Review of Books, Jacket2, The Rumpus, Maisonneuve, CBC Books, and Best Canadian Poetry. Her first poetry chapbook, Sea Burial Laws According to Country, was published in 2018 with Desert Pets Press. She is the fiction editor for the Quebec Writers' Federation journal, Carte Blanche.
"'After so many hours spent in the room, / One wonders what the room will do,' writes the poet Barbara Guest. These prose poems explore just that: What will the room do? How will it do it?
In this project, I am interested in not only how domestic spaces guide what an artist creates but how these spaces become rhetorical devices, curating the artist's and, by extension, the viewer's experience. The rooms we occupy shape our everyday habits, but they also determine our perceptions of and reactions to our broader social world. Surrounded by their bone, blue, and pink walls, these intimate spaces act as archives, storing within them the traces of their occupants. I believe an examination of the emotional, political, and temporal dimensions of these physical and imagined rooms is critical to understanding the ways in which artists' relationships to their homes influenced and continues to influence art and art making. By interacting with Ghost Ranch, the Blue House, and the Luis Barragán House, I seek to collaborate with the room — to co-inhabit the artists' spaces of shelter and creation."