Lex Hilderman (they/them) is a queer interdisciplinary social practice artist residing in Mohkinstsis Treaty 7 Territory, as known as Calgary, Alberta. They received their Bachelor of Fine Arts from Emily Carr University of Art + Design with a focus on Social Practice and Community Engagement. Later, they received their Bachelor of Arts in Sociology from the University of Calgary with a concentration on gender, family and workplace issues. They have showcased with the Fem Assembly (a local artist collective), Calgary Animated Object Society, and Arts Commons through the RBC Emerging Visual Artist Program. Alongside their personal interest in found objects and reused clothing and material, Lexi’s work explores concepts of identity formation, compulsory heterosexuality, and queering pathways forward. Their work is about bodies, considering how we come into reciprocal relationships with and activate objects; activating the object through interaction and simultaneously finding meaning through our orientation to them.

I am an interdisciplinary social practice artist working primarily with sculpture, installation, photography, written word and performance. I am currently thinking about the ways in which found objects can be seen as living art as they come into relationship with and are activated by gendered bodies. I am most interested in exploring the ways in which we are oriented to objects and considering how identity is informed by the objects we surround ourselves with. This is an intersectional conversation, expanding farther than the conversation of gender alone. I am interested in how identity (whether based on gender, culture, sexuality, race, religion, and so on) is experienced and informed by our physical surroundings.

Lex Hilderman
Calgary, Alberta