Joanne Bristol trained as an artist and has an MFA from the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design. Her work, presented through exhibitions, performances, lectures and writing, investigates relationships between nature and culture, and between the body and language. She also writes about art, curates and has taught at a number of Canadian universities.  She recently completed a PhD in Architectural Design at UCL (London, UK), using performance and writing to study interspecies spatial relationships in urban contexts. Since 1994, she has been working on a series of short, narrative videos including Flower Theory (1994), videobut (1995), STRAIGHTBUT (1997), and VALKYRIE THEORY (1997).