Astrid Lloyd is an interdisciplinary artist from Canada. Her work incorporates visual, performing and architectural arts in an embodied research practice that has spanned over a decade. Most notably, The Superwoman Project; A Novel in Four Costumes (TSP) includes a palette of characters who tackle some of the big questions of contemporary feminism and philosophy. How do women find freedom now? How does the unreal become real? Largely based in textile materials and methods, Lloyd constructs costumes, performances and installations which have been presented in Spain, France and major Canadian cities.Astrid holds a BA in Political Studies and a BFA in Studio Art from the University of Saskatchewan, and a MFA in Fibres and Material Practices from Concordia University. She is a Canada Graduate Scholar through the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC) and a repeat grant recipient through the Saskatchewan Arts Board.
My formal education and art production has been centred in visual arts and political theory, but my artistic life started with a will to dance and make architecture. Curiosity about the human body and its relationship to the spaces around it has never left me. Specifically, I have been asking questions about the bodies of women and how they relate to the spaces around them. That is to say, my lens is fundamentally feminist and architectural. But there are other lenses that have changed the colour of my art/life with as much effect. Literature has been a constant friend and teacher. Literature (like theatre) shows us the tremendous power of fiction more blatantly than the other arts. Hinging on the threshold of reality and fantasy, fiction offers revelations of truth that we haven’t yet realized in the non-fiction of our lives. In terms of technique, the fiction writer/artist is permitted a degree of moral ambiguity in their creations because the stories they tell are imagined, not real. The use of moral ambiguity makes it possible to create richer representations of humanity. Like many artists working in every medium, this is the most basic goal of my artistic vocation. I want to celebrate the insane horrific beauty of humanity and the impossible condition of life.