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2017-2018 Cohort

Patrick Allaby

Photo of Patrick AllabyPatrick Allaby was born in Fredericton, New Brunswick. In 2015, he received a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Mount Allison University (Sackville, New Brunswick). Following graduation, he worked at the Owens Art Gallery, where he curated The Sensual World, an exhibition looking at the relationship between contemporary comic artists and the art world. He has also been involved with Sappyfest, organizing the Sappy Zine and Craft fair since 2014 and co-editing the Sappy Post (2016 and 2017).

In his studio practice, Patrick makes drawings, books, prints, and comics.  He also does performances that combine spoken word and projection. He is a founding member of the collective, The Society of Anonymous Drawers, and in 2016, he received an ArtsNB creation grant for the graphic novel Martin Peters.  

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Zahra Baseri

Photo of Zahra BaseriZahra Baseri was born and brought up in Iran. Her educational background includes a Bachelor of Science degree in electrical engineering (completed in Iran), and a Bachelor of Fine Arts Honours Studio from the University of Manitoba. She works with a variety of media including painting, drawing, photography, sculpture, and graphic design. She has exhibited in Winnipeg with the Manitoba Visual Arts Network and at the Edge Gallery, Montreal with Art Mur’s Fresh Paint / New Construction, and in Toronto with BMO 1st Art! at the Justina M. Barnicke Gallery. She was also Manitoba’s provincial winner for BMO 1st Art! (2016).

Baseri describes her artistic practice as both multidisciplinary and interdisciplinary. Her subject matter is positioned from a feminist perspective, engaging with religious, cultural, and sociopolitical issues.  

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Aaron Maclean

Aaron McLean

Aaron MacLean's recent painting practice investigates themes of trauma, anxiety, and transformation. His work is infused with a visceral material intensity by the assemblage of found objects with painterly elements. These painterly elements are placed on, besides, or in found objects, referencing a body that is being acted upon by outside forces. This work involves a painting practice that has moved outside the traditional two-dimensional realm to include a multitude of surfaces and qualities of materials.

Aaron was born in Goose Bay, Labrador and moved to Corner Brook, Newfoundland at the age of 6. He received his BFA from the University of Regina and since graduating has studied set painting with Ottawa’s Great Canadian Theatre Company and Asian ink painting with Woo Gyeoung in Busan, South Korea. He’s participated in both solo and group exhibitions, such as Beyond the Surface at the Shumiak Art Gallery (Assinboia, Saskatchewan) and The Inner Landscape at the McIntyre Gallery (Regina, Saskatchewan).

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Tess Martens

Tess MartensTess Martens’ creates humourous performances and paintings that have elements of crudity, vulnerability and humiliation. The importance of failure situates these parodies, where literature, memories and Tess’ sense of what is important in the world serve as fodder. In 2014, she received her BA in Studio Art at the University of Guelph. Her work has been exhibited in solo and group shows such as Bitch and Mona All You Want About Reality (Ac Repair Co., Toronto, 2016) and Humdrum (bric-à-brac studio, Toronto, 2014). In 2017, T-Suit was shown in a group show in the Lower East Side of Manhattan (MAW, New York City), and her drawing, Cracks Me Up, was featured in the book Nut I.

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Paula McLean

Photo of Paula McLeanPaula McLean recently completed her Bachelor of Fine Arts at Concordia University. Working with painting and drawing, her studio practice focuses on fictitious, architectural spaces which serve as vessels for the projection of human emotions—nostalgia, longing, and solitude. Elements of trompe l'oeil also occur within her paintings as pictures within pictures, thus, multiplying and deepening the planes of reality that exist in each piece. She has exhibited her work in spaces such as Skol (Centre des arts actuels), the Belgo Building in Montreal, Propeller Gallery in Toronto, and several other galleries in Southwestern Ontario.

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Eryn O’Neill

Eryn O'NeillEryn's work is a continual exploration between urban landscapes and the pedestrian. As an avid runner, she uses this activity to collect images of areas and objects she finds particularly inspiring when negotiating the streets of Kitchener-Waterloo.
The use of photography provides a visual reminder of the paths repeatedly taken day-to-day. Working in the studio, Eryn creates paintings from those experiences, bridging the act of being a pedestrian with the visual account of being out in the space. The paintings bring to life the overlooked features of a daily outing, from the rail crossing lights to the florescent pylons discarded on the side of the road. The work becomes a personal record—a narrative of the routes and objects that impact her daily life.

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Lauren Prousky

Photo of Lauren ProuskyLauren Prousky is a multidisciplinary artist and writer from Toronto with a BFA in studio art and English literature from Concordia University. Her current work explores humorous subtleties in intimate moments, with a focus on how playfulness can be combined with more serious themes to create spaces that hang between that binary. Lauren’s work often emphasizes characters and textual elements, lending a narrative aspect to her visual practice. She has exhibited in spaces around Toronto and Montreal such as Art Mur, Propeller Gallery, Galerie Carte Blanche and Unlovable Gallery. Lauren has also participated in residencies at the Caetani Cultural Centre in British Columbia and the Fish Factory Creative Centre in eastern Iceland.

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Jordyn Stewart

Jordyn StewartJordyn Stewart is from a small town in the Niagara Region. Working predominately in video and performance, her practice is influenced by the body’s relationship to spaces we inhabit. Stewart creates site-sensitive works, intersecting landscape interventions with playful narratives. She received her BA, Specialist in Art and Art History at the University of Toronto, joint program with Sheridan College. She has exhibited in such galleries and events as Trinity Square Video and Hamilton Artists Inc., and Hamilton’s Supercrawl. In 2016, she was an artist-in-residence at the University of Windsor’s Emerging Artist Research Residency, as well as with Hamilton Artists’ Inc.’s Cotton Factory Residency Program. Jordyn has held intern positions at Gallery 44, Art Spin Toronto, and Zalucky Contemporary. She is also the co-curator of Art Spin Hamilton, and works at Oakville Galleries as a freelance graphic designer.

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Tait Wilman

Tait WilmanTait Wilman’s art practice explores notions of national and self identity via nature, stereotypes, and humour. Using a combination of made and found objects (felt, sticks, embroidery, logs, sausages and beer cans), along with video, her installations narrate a Canadian identity that is part spoof and part real. Tait graduated with her BFA in drawing from Alberta College of Art and Design. Her exhibition record includes the Marion Nicoll Gallery, Alberta Print Makers Society +15 space, Buttermilk Waffles Gallery, ParkShow and the John B. Aird Gallery. Tait also received a SSHRC Graduate Scholarship for her thesis project.

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