Oona McClure

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Oona McClure

Oona has deep respect for artistic communication and views art-making processes as enriching places for inquiry, empowerment, and relational connection

Nurturing a relentless interest in art has led Oona to work at a variety of public and private art institutions and organizations across Canada and the UK, including the BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art, Whistler Arts Council and the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria.

As an art therapist and founder of Hearten Art Therapy & Creative Wellness, Oona delivers engaging arts-based therapy in private practice where she offers clients the opportunity to creatively explore and reframe their image of what it is like to ‘mother’.

Oona’s art practice is largely autobiographical. She is interested in documenting intimate personal experiences and addressing the (dis)connections we have to our stories by ritualizing the impossibility of returning to the origin of our memories. In recent years, Oona has been informed by her evolving relationship to the experience of the maternal and its subjectivity. Through her artwork Oona attempts to deconstruct and augment the discourse on how and what it feels like to “mother”. She is interested in creating opportunities to explore the emotional complexities of matrescence and using art as a cathartic act to reconcile the ambivalence.

Oona’s process can be described as ‘textile mark-making’ in which she applies simple machine or hand sewing techniques to draw (or mark) into paper or antique linen. This choice enables her to embody the experiences she is exploring and make work that reimagines traditional textile/fiber work.

Oona lives in Victoria, BC on the unceded Coast Salish Territory of the Lekwungen and W̱SÁNEĆ nations. As an immigrant and settler, she is grateful to live and raise her family on these beautiful lands.