Angeline Simon, Artist — Lethbridge

Angeline Simon graduated from the University of Lethbridge in 2018 with a BFA in Art Studio. As a second generation Canadian, she explores familial narratives and the dynamics within contrasting cultures. The physical distance from family members and a lack of participation in both German and Malaysian-Chinese cultural traditions is the main reason for her investigation into her ancestral past. Her work has been exhibited at galleries and institutions including Contemporary Calgary, Southern Alberta Art Gallery, Casa, Trianon Gallery, and the University of Lethbridge Dr Foster James Penny Building. Her solo exhibition with warmest regards, always is on display at Harcourt House until September 11.

1. Rummaging through old photographs

I used to work at a camera shop and sometimes customers would get their old photographs/negatives scanned and digitized. While working with these photographs of strangers, I was always imagining what their lives were like. I also love going through old photographs that have been passed down to me, and looking at pictures of my parents, aunts, uncles, and grandparents when they were young. I’ve always wondered what it would be like meeting my relatives in their younger years, as many have passed on. What were they like? What were their hobbies? What were they passionate about?

2. Traveling to Malaysia

The majority of my family lives in Malaysia. My mum immigrated to Canada in the late eighties and I was born in Vancouver. It’s always been just my mum, my dad, and me in Alberta, so holidays were always very quiet. The first time I met my Malaysian-Chinese relatives I was eight years old and it was the most exciting trip for wee little Angeline. I’ve gone back quite a few times since and it will always be my priority destination. Each trip is precious to me because the time I get to spend with my relatives is so limited.

3. Laksa

A spicy Malaysian noodle soup that I’m obsessed with. And there are no Malaysian restaurants in Lethbridge! It’s tragic.

4. Walks in the coulees

I’ve lived in Lethbridge for most of my life and I’ve always been fond of our coulees. Within these big gentle hills you can find lots of delicious wild asparagus around the end of May!

5. Eucalyptus oil

Mum would always rub eucalyptus oil on my back or feet when I got sick as a child. It has become a very soothing scent for me. Eucalyptus is the only essential oil I use for my diffuser, making my home studio feel much more refreshing and comforting.