Justice Walz (shey/they) is an interdisciplinary artist, maker + brand designer based in Tkaronto.
She completed her BFA with distinction at Toronto Metropolitan University's New Media program in 2018, and has since created, exhibited, spoken, and written about art that joins the discourse of mental and chronic illness, intersectional feminism, and healing from complex trauma.
After becoming chronically ill at age 11, Justice turned to art as a way to make peace with her pain and othering experiences. Today, she uses her confessional art practice as a way to playfully explore her intersections as a neurodivergent, mad, queer, chronically ill, biracial woman of colour.
Balancing the dichotomy of elegance and camp, trauma and healing, beauty and abjection, as well as confrontation and acceptance, Justice uses concept, craft and found objects in a variety of disciplines. She enjoys working with visually and tactually stimulating mediums in a practice that often includes clay, resin, and upcycling secondhand materials. Working with her hands is a way to stim and becomes an enactment of both self-care and creativity.
Justice is currently an associate member of Workman Arts. She exhibited her earliest installation work in The Sustenance Rite (2017), curated as part of the 5-circuit exhibition series Take Care. In 2018, she showed her next installation at “MENTAL HEALTH”, as part of the White House Studio Project's In Space program. This exhibition was funded through the Toronto Arts Council and the Ontario Arts Council, and led to her participation as an exhibiting artist speaker at a community roundtable in partnership with the Artists’ Health Alliance.
In addition to her art practice, Justice co-founded Bruized in 2019- a women run Toronto-start up on a mission to fight food waste with upcycled plant-based snacks. She currently works as the brand designer and creative director of the project.