Artist Statement

My practice explores the ways in which humans negotiate identity and memory in relation to land/place, objects, and history. That we construct realities and identities for ourselves and others is a given, as is the constructed nature of the various narratives of place and history within which our understanding is situated. Like all stories, what is left out is as important as what is chosen. What is chosen (and what becomes ‘real’ or ‘true’) changes over time, and depends upon who is doing the telling, and why.

I actively seek opportunities to work in ways that expose gaps in understanding: what’s left unsaid; edited or incomplete narratives; in-between states and places. These contingent and/or liminal positions house the potential for new meanings, for critique, for failure, for incorporating indeterminacy and process as inherent to the work itself.

My approach is rooted in the senses and the body in space, and is often site-responsive.


I welcome inquiries and questions about my work, and am available for studio appointments. I am available for commissions and custom work, and you will find work available for sale on the “Shop” page of this site.

COPYRIGHT©  2022 Sydney Lancaster. All images and text are copyright Sydney Lancaster unless otherwise noted/linked. Unauthorized use and/or duplication of material on this web site without express and written permission from this blog’s author and owner is strictly prohibited. Excerpts and links may be used, provided that full and clear credit is given to Sydney Lancaster and sydney lancaster: eye & hand with appropriate and specific direction to the original content.

In short: Don’t steal an artist’s work (it’s hard enough to make a living as it is), and Give credit where credit is due. Thanks.

Selected Writing & Press



“Boundary|Time|Surface: assessing a meeting of art and geology through an ephemeral sculptural work” by Sydney A. Lancaster, DOI: 10.5194/gc-3-249-2020, published 4 Sep 2020

Boundary|Time|Surface: a record of change.  Arts and Heritage Foundation St Albert, 2019. ISBN 978-0-9880646-8-3 Includes essays from Sydney Lancaster, John Waldron, Dr. Melinda Pinfold. 

YORK” Exhibition Essay, Alternator Centre for Contemporary Art, Kelowna. March 11 2016.

Another View on Notorious York Hotel” National Post, Aug 11 2015.

It wasn’t all bad at the York Hotel” Edmonton Journal & Calgary Herald, G.Kent, Aug 11 2015.

“Elsewhere”,Curator’sExhibition Essay by Brenda Barry Byrne, posted Jan 9 2015 on County of Strathcona web site.

Latitude 53 exhibit humanizes Edmonton’s York Hotel” Edmonton Journal, July 21 2013.

Heterotopologies.”re Archives of Absence and Laura S. Pierre’s Urban Vernacular. Anne Pasek, Latitude 53 Blog. Posted April 28 2011.


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