Maggie J. Whitten Henry (she/her) is an emerging artist and interdisciplinary scholar with a focus on sense of place and identity in island and rural contexts. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Psychology (2011) from the Australian National University and is currently undertaking a Master of Arts in Island Studies at the University of Prince Edward Island, located in Epekwitk, Mi’kma’ki: the ancestral and unceded territory of the Mi’kmaq.
Lingering at the complex intersection of art practice, theoretical concepts, and academic research methods, Maggie’s work is informed by a deep appreciation of the unique complexities of rural, coastal, and island places, and the potential of engaging relational approaches to inspire alternative ways of thinking and communicating. Her most recent bodies of work emerge from a daily research-creative practice and engage the island (whether physical, metaphorical, and/or a liminal in-between) as a figure of generative, ongoing becoming: a site of recursive islandness and infinite possibility.
Maggie works in a variety of media, has shared her work in talks in Canada and internationally, and has several peer-reviewed academic publications. She has over a decade of experience in small business management, and served as Interim Coordinator of the Institute of Island Studies at the University of Prince Edward Island from 2020–2021. In addition to her full-time studies and art practice, Maggie is currently a copyeditor for Island Studies Journal and co-organizes the Anthropocene Islands Early Career Analytical Study Space with Dr. Jonathan Pugh (Newcastle University, UK).
Maggie’s work focuses on the powerful and entangled relationship between sense of place and identity in island and rural contexts, and her thesis engages research-creation practice to explore that relationship in the context of craft beer on the island of Newfoundland. She has presented in a variety of formats at international conferences and has several peer-reviewed publications.
Sense of place
Textiles + identity
Craft beer / local products
Rural and island communities
North Atlantic region