Georgia Mathewson, Canada

Residency Period: 1 May 2015 - 31 October 2015


Georgia Mathewson is an Ottawa, Canada based artist working in the fields of painting, mixed media, drawing, installation and, most recently, sound poetry in the group the Quatuor Gualuor. She received her Bachelor of Fine Art in 2008 from The University of Ottawa and has since been working in groups, collectives and through a solo practice.

Working from a meticulous process, her method is built on both intuitive and rational ways of thinking. One allows for ambiguous and fantastical imagery to unfold, while the other requires decisions to be made according to the boundaries and specifications of her materials. Her upbringing on a farm in rural Ontario informs her work, and she uses this experience to reflect on what it means to be a ruralist living in an urban environment.

On-hiatus Proposal Summary

Upon graduating from art school, Georgia enjoyed a period of fulfilling productivity with a group of other artist friends with whom she formed a collective named "Focus Group." ( She recalls that there was a great deal of optimism within the group during this period and it was easy to get caught up in the art making process, forgetting that they were all dirt poor, recently graduated, struggling, working artists. The group has since disbanded yet she looks back on these days fondly as one of her most creative periods in her life, and when she felt clearly a sense of purpose and a reason for making art. She has continued to practice art since then yet has carried a feeling that she has been on a kind of hiatus ever since her collaboration with the group ended. Furthermore, even though she continues to define and consider herself an artist, she admits a sense of disillusion towards her career path; there is so much pressure to achieve success, and this profession is all consuming, not allowing one to pursue other interests and desires.

Combined with these feelings was a belief that she should be fixing up her family's run-down farm that has been neglected for years; the same one where she taught herself to paint and where her creativity was nurtured. During her residency at RFAOH, Georgia will spend time raising funds and repairing this farmhouse, preserving a heritage site that just so happens to be her childhood home. She hopes that her on-hiatus project will allow her to leave behind her disillusionment and find a path of purpose again, with a little push and motivation from RFAOH.

Final Report




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So it begins…..Commencing…. AA Report – Day 18

Before I begin I must first admit that I’m still coming down from a high. That high that comes from producing and exhibiting a body of work- to clarify, I recently took down this work following my exhibitions close so I am not currently exhibiting anything anywhere. Most artists that I’ve talked to about this understand and can relate to this feeling and place that I’m now in; the comedown, that lull period / what would normally be the thinking and researching process before the making. However, I’m also moving forward into a phase that involves not making art (for 6 months) which I think is a little bit harder to relate to. I am both happy and content that I can rest and relax, watch films , read books that I ignored while I was making but I’m also realizing that what I want to accomplish involves a ton of work which has me feeling quite anxious. Lately I’ve been flicking my fingernails as I walk. This might be because they make a similar sound as my paintbrushes do when I flick the bristles; perhaps a nervous tick or a symptom of withdrawl?

Am I a workaholic? Am I an artaholic? 

I will use this residency as a time for contemplation, as much as for action. Put in place a system for motion (but not devoid of emotion). Studies of self and a house. Setting aside time to ASK: Where are we, and where are we going? (in relation to my family and culture).  Where am I and where am I going? What is now and what was before? (investigating history) What did the fire destroy and can I use this destruction to bring about positive changes towards something better, beyond what there was, and what had become. And DO, put a lot of elbow grease into it.

(So it begins…Commencing…A(rt) A(nonymous) Report-Day 18) 


Photos: Me, & Trillium grandiflorum (white trillium, trille blanc) graceful spring flower




Leave a Comment (6)

Georgia wrote on Jun 29:

Saludos Enrique!!

enrique wrote on Jun 11:

hola ! un abrazo !!

Georgia wrote on Jun 10:

Thanks Petra!!

Petra Halkes wrote on May 25:

Great first post. Looking forward to see what will happen.

Georgia wrote on May 20:

Thanks, Matt! Here's to it!

Matt wrote on May 18:

Welcome to your residency Georgia, we're excited to follow where it goes.