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This B.C. artist wants you to stop being distracted and look at something for 30 seconds

Elizabeth Zvonar is worried people aren't thinking critically anymore — so her art aims to challenge the status quo and "break through all the noise."

Elizabeth Zvonar's art aims to challenge the status quo and 'break through all the noise'

I'm really interested in making people think, because I don't think were thinking anymore 1:03

Elizabeth Zvonar is worried people aren't thinking critically anymore — so her art aims to change that. Her practice is imbued with a longstanding fascination with the seductive excesses of capitalism, the search for spiritual equilibrium, the restrictions of patriarchal society, the history of western feminism and the commodification of the female body.

Zvonar graduated from Emily Carr University with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in 2001. She spent the spring of 2016 in Brooklyn completing a residency that was loosely structured around reading the newest translation of Simone de Beauvoir's The Second Sex and looking at art in New York. She was recently inducted into the Royal Canadian Academy of the Arts and was shortlisted for the 2016 Aimia Photography Prize at the AGO in Toronto. Zvonar is exhibiting To you it was fast at the Burrard Arts Foundation in the spring of 2017. She is represented by Daniel Faria Gallery and lives in Vancouver, B.C.

(Elizabeth Zvonar)

Art Minute is a new CBC Arts series taking you inside the minds of Canadian artists to hear what makes them tick and the ideas behind their work.

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