Justine Skahan was born in Montreal, Quebec, where she currently lives. She obtained her BFA from Concordia University in 2010 and her MFA from the University of Ottawa in 2016. In 2015, Skahan received the Stonecroft Foundation Venice Scholarship, and in 2016 received the René Payant Award from the University of Ottawa . Her work has appeared in n+1 magazine and in Spectra Journal (Concordia University). She was a finalist in the 2016 RBC Canadian Painting Competition and has exhibited throughout Canada and internationally. She has participated in numerous residencies including at the Banff Centre in Banff, AB, and most recently at the Klondike Institute for Art and Culture (KIAC) in Dawson City, Yukon. Skahan is interested in the construction of an image: both the process of building it as a painting, as well as how elements have come together or are falling apart. She is particularly interested in suburban landscapes, sites that are either under construction or falling to ruin, and in in-between spaces where inside meets outside, private meets public, and “natural” meets human construction.