Thursday, October 26, 2017

My Winnipeg V

My Winnipeg V.
60cm x 60cm. 

Since I finished grad school I've been in this strange transition phase: transitioning into a new studio, transitioning from being a student to being a professional artist once again, and transitioning towards new work. Well, not entirely new work. Since I'm only in Edmonton till the end of the year and this studio is only a temporarily work space for me, and part of my time I spend teaching and my head is busy making moving plans, I haven't really found the right mental space to make conceptually complex work and continue with the direction of my grad school work at the moment. So, I decided to delve into my comfort zone again and make a print that comes easy while still being labour intensive and satisfying. So, here is My Winnipeg V, a linocut that I really enjoyed carving. The image shows parts of Crescentwood, Munson Park along the Assiniboine River, 514 Wellington Crescent (this mansion was/is threatened to be demolished to make way for condos I believe. I wonder if it's still standing and if it will get preserved after all?), West-, Middle-, and Eastgate, Westminster Church, the wonderful and forever playful Art City, and parts of River/Osborne. While my early Winnipeg prints were my attempts to get to know and connect with the city, at this point my maps have become the direction of my dreams towards a city I love and wish to return to.

Linoleum Plate Detail. Carving in progress. I use a flooring linoleum from Tarkett flooring. It is easy to carve since it has a high cork content.

Sunday, September 24, 2017

Once More with Feeling - Book Cover

Earlier this year I was approached by House of Anansi Press about using one of my prints on the book cover of a novel by Winnipeg author Méira Cook. Of course I was more than pleased to agree and here it is! I can't wait to get my own copy and read the book. The book launch in Winnipeg is on October 2, at 7pm at McNally Robinson. You can find more information about the book launch on the McNally Robinson website.

Splitgraphic 8 - Young Artist Award

My work was selected for the International Art Biennial - Splitgraphic 8 in Split, Croatia and I am thrilled to have received the Young Artist Award! The curator for this exhibition was Ingrid Ledent from Belgium. The Group Exhibition Student Selection will take place from November 24 December 5, 2017 at the University Gallery Vasko Lipovac in Split.

Update: Here are a few photos from the opening of the student selection exhibition on November 24, 2017.  (Images shared from facebook: Splitgraphic International Graphic Art Biennial)