Independent visual artist, Paul Freeman is the Artistic Director at the Nina Haggerty Centre for the Arts, an art centre for artists with developmental disabilities in Edmonton and a drawing instructor at the University of Alberta in the Department of Art and Design. Freeman received his BFA from The Alberta College of Art & Design (Calgary) in 1998, and his MFA from the University of Alberta (Edmonton) in 2005. He is the recipient of numerous academic awards, scholarships and grants, and his work has been exhibited in public and private spaces across Canada. Freeman recently (November 2012 – February 2013) showed a large sculptural installation at the RBC New Works Gallery at the Art Gallery of Alberta and is the beneficiary of generous support through the Alberta Foundation for the Arts, Edmonton Arts Council and was recipient of the 2012 Eldon and Anne Foote Edmonton Visual Arts Prize. Freeman was featured in a solo exhibition December 2012 to January 2013 at dc3 Art Projects titled Selected Mutations whereby his previous 15 years of work were contextualized in the face of his ongoing creative practice exploring found materials, found images, manipulation and mutations.
Working in sculpture, drawing and a variety of digital media, my art practice currently focuses on the tensions emerging around genetic technologies and its effect on our feelings about the dissolving biological boundaries between genders, species etc. and dominance or control in general. My most recent work, especially the pen and ink drawings on brown paper, is about how often we use mind control tricks on each other and how we manipulate surroundings or perceived cause and effect to alter behavior in others. Between thinking about mind control as conspiracy theorists fear it, and mind control as it is practiced through everyday interactions, especially between adults and children, these drawings emerge from thinking about common ways in which we manipulate our surroundings or the perception of cause and effect to influence behavior.