Cheryl Sourkes

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Cheryl Sourkes (b. 1945, Montreal, Quebec) is a lens-based digital artist, writer and independent curator currently based in Toronto, Ontario. She studied at McGill University before moving to Vancouver in 1967. There she became involved with Intermedia, an experimental context within which she began to think about and produce art. University and post-graduate studies in sciences, psychology and biology directed Sourkes to explore behavioural science, physiological processes and awareness. For more than 25 years, she has had a prolific career exploring, recurrent themes of language, time, history and the conditions of perception through photography, and more recently through new technologies.

For the last decade, Sourkes's work has investigated the visual dimension of technology, especially the social and cultural developments that have arisen with Internet web cameras. Sourkes has used images pulled from webcams and transforming them into still images or videos. In her artwork she raises questions about time and space, public and private space, as well as our understanding of the real world, the virtual world and the social sphere.

Sourkes' work is exhibited throughout the world and featured in several public and private collections such as the Vancouver Art Gallery, Air Canada, the Canada Council Art Bank, the Canadian Museum of Contemporary Photography, the Concordia University Art Gallery, and the National Gallery of Canada. She regularly writes articles for various publications and frequently curates exhibitions. She lives in Toronto and spends part of each year in Manchester, England.