Corinne Thiessen



“Our business models diversify and adapt, without compromising your pleasure and safety.: I made this video in March 2020 while in quarantine after returning to Canada from Mexico City, to bring humour during the depressing and frightening global pandemic.  

I was looking into making money online and wondering how we can practice safe sex and pleasure while maintaining social distance, as well as how our mental health will suffer from lack of human touch. How can sex workers keep an income? This cheesy infomercial with an animated man puppet show an alternative business model to capitalize on people’s basic needs and vulnerabilities during a crisis.”

Corinne Thiessen is a Canadian multidisciplinary artist born in Winnipeg, Manitoba. She holds an MFA from the University of Lethbridge. Thiessen is curious about human social activity, self-regulation and social control. Through kinetic objects, drawing, video and performance, she explores physical and ideological impediments, repression and “acting out.” 

Thiessen has presented in group exhibitions and collaborative performances at home and abroad such as Ortstermin, Berlin; her site-specific installation, Chronic was on view at the Esker Foundation Project Space in spring 2015. Her collaborative drawing performance and installation Liar, Liar! with Amy Modahl has been exhibited at the Petit Trianon, Stride Gallery, Soo Visual Arts Centre in Minneapolis and at the International Performance Festival in Kelowna, B.C. In 2015, Thiessen’s solo exhibition Factory Logic was on view at the Southern Alberta Art Gallery. 

Thiessen has participated in artist residencies at ZK/U in Berlin, as well as ReMaking, and Mutopia 7 at the Banff Centre. Recent publications with the Museum of Loss and Renewal in Collemacchia, Italy, include representation at the Printing Plant Book Fair in Amsterdam, Netherlands as well as an upcoming publication with MAP Magazine. Thiessen has taught in the Media department at Lethbridge College and in the Faculty of Fine Arts at the University of Lethbridge.

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