Mathias Horne ’19 gives us the details on why he chose Quest, some of the ways he’s involved in the community, and tells us about his art.
What’s your Question?
How can we tell stories through visual art?
The way Quest classes are structured aligned with my desire to incorporate my artistic practice and visual thinking into different academic disciplines and student-led initiatives.
My Keystone is an illustrated book revolving around endangered species in Canada. The project aims to create dialogue around various populations adapting to life in urban environments.
Tell us about your art.
Through my artwork, I try to bring the outside in, to create a dialogue between the natural environment and our modern existence, while presenting the viewer an honest lens. I see my creations not only as stories. They also serve as a tool for reflecting upon the ways human nature has an everlasting impact on our surroundings.
You’re featured at the UBC Hatch Gallery, right?
The UBC Climate Hub approached me through Instagram as they were looking for local artists to showcase in their “Climate Solutions” exhibition at the Hatch Gallery. They felt my advocacy artwork aligned with the show’s vision and invited me to be a part of the project.
In what ways are you involved in the local art community?
I’ve had the privilege to be involved with a multitude of different organizations and institutions around the Sea to Sky. This includes working three years at the Audain Art Museum in Whistler as a summer student in the education and curatorial departments. I have close association with the Squamish and Whistler Arts Councils, and have participated in various events to engage with the artistic community.
I recently worked on some graphic design projects in collaboration with Bike Magazine. In my free time, I am often asked to create commission works for friends, colleagues and institutions within the corridor. Currently, some of my commissions and donations are displayed in Garibaldi Highlands Elementary, Howe Sound Secondary School, Quest and UBC.