Artist Statment.

The contemporary North American family has rapidly evolved from its traditional nuclear  structure. Divorce and what precedes it are largely responsible for changing the face and definition of family as well as other societal pressures. My work focuses on what the modern/contemporary family now looks like, having evolved from its nuclear framework.  I am interested in questioning this reality, and attempting to understanding the relationships that comprise the modern family, in the bonds of biological and non-biological siblings, parents, aunts, couples, those we have chosen as our family and those we have not. 
What has the contemporary structure given way to, and why have we changed so quickly relative to human evolution? More importantly, how and what have those relationships or lac there of affected and how have/will they changed us?

Roxanne Ross is born in Montreal has  completing A DEC in professional  photography at Dawson College  and a BFA in photography at Concordia University. Her practice consists of large format photographs which focus on relationships within the contemporary North American family. Her portraits attempt to understand the relationships that comprise the modern family having now evolved from its original nuclear framework. Her interest lie in questioning what the contemporary structure has given way to, as well as in how those relationships (or lack there of) have changed us. Through her images, she attempts to ask what is and where is the North American family. She has participated in several group shows in Montreal such at ARTS NDG and a group show at Art Mûr, as well as being part of the Long-list, BMO 1st Art Competition in Toronto. For her latest project, she received the Fine Arts Student Alliance, Special Project Grant, Fall 2014. She has recently been featured in CUJAH’s (The Concordia Undergraduate Journal of Art History) Volume I of The Voice of....’s annual publication and is a finalists for the 2014 – 15 Aimia | AGO Photography Prize Scholarship Program as well as the fall2015 issue of PhotoEd magazine Featuring:Ones to watch - Canadian photo talent to look out for. Her work is held in private collections in Canada and the Unites States. 

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