I had the privilege to have been invited to the Stamps School of Art and Design in Ann Arbor at the University of Michigan as a visiting artist this week. Thank you to Endi Poskovic and Stamps School of Art and Design for hosting me for a few printmaking workshops and artist talks. Thank you to Lee & Nick for all your help, and of course to all the students who attended, for your interest, engagement, thoughtful questions, and conversations. I greatly enjoyed this visit!
(Photo Credit: Katherine Hunt).
Saturday, February 10, 2018
Friday, February 2, 2018
My first experience with public art through YEGCanvas - a program in Edmonton that displays work by local artists at LRT stations and on billboards. My piece was at the Churchill Station from November to December and is currently on display at the Central Station until February 11. The image is a detail of my larger print installation Seeds of Hope.
Tuesday, December 19, 2017
Goodbye to the studio and the wonderful people at SNAP (Society of Northern Alberta Printmakers in Edmonton)! It is so great that every major city has a print studio where I can make my work. I worked here for the past six months, editioning the last print from my thesis exhibition and printing a new linocut! Now all my tools, inks, paper and plates are packed up and I'm ready to move on to new adventures.
60cm x 90cm.
I finally finished printing an edition of three of the last print from my thesis exhibition. I worked on this edition over the course of the past three months. I built up the image by printing and layering about thirty (mostly small) printing plates. It's a bit of a crazy process, but when I started the piece, it was a rather experimental image, which made printing the edition a bit of a challenge. I printed one to two plates on each sheet of translucent gampi paper per day at the studio. The ink has to dry in between print cycles. Once finished, I mounted the gampi on a sheet of rag paper.
The imagery in this piece is part of my Dispossession series and depicts the displacement of subsistence farmers that are forced off their lands by the expansion of soy production, represented by the mechanical image element of a pneumatic soy seeder. Please note that some of the figures are carrying seed jars, symbolizing the ongoing effort to save seeds and the hope that more sustainable planting traditions might persist and be saved, even though they might lie dormant for a while.
Tuesday, November 7, 2017
During my visit in Winnipeg I was invited to meet the grade 4 students at St. John's Ravenscourt school and their art teacher Jenn Jacque to look at all the wonderful printed collages (made last year) about their communities inspired by my Winnipeg maps. Thank you so much for your warm reception! It was a treat to meet you all. I wish I could post all the pictures here.