Alexis is a multidisciplinary artist from the Pacific Northwest. He started his education in the Visual Arts department at the University of Victoria and graduated from Emily Carr University of Art and Design in 2014. Alexis' work revolves around boundaries, barriers, and thresholds. He is invested in the relationship between internal and external geography, the balance of terror and awe, and with mapping the transition from one state of consciousness into another. Alexis has held a plethora of jobs; from innkeeper to night watchmen, from shepherd to security guard, from grocer to gardener. He feels the pain of the shovel intensifies the pleasure of pen.
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Jess Lincoln is an artist from Calgary, Alberta. She graduated from the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design (NSCAD) University (2012) with a Bachelors of Fine Arts, having completed an exchange program in painting at Kookmin University (Seoul, South Korea). Since then she has lived in Dawson City, YT, Montreal, and Toronto, and has worked as a custom framer, art and language teacher, and interpreter at a museum of historical firetrucks. She makes primarily figurative paintings, with a specific interest in the relationships between people, their homes, and the stuff they keep in them. In 2014, she participated as an artist-in-residence at the Klondike Institute of Arts and Culture and in 2016 she was awarded a Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) grant in conjunction with her MFA thesis research.
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Aaron MacLean's recent painting practice investigates themes of masculinity and identity, questioning what it is to be a man today. He also explores the notion of 'altered states' and the unusual psychosomatic symptoms that can occur at times of extreme stress or trauma—such as the notion of perceived psychological/physical transformation and the traumatic loss of self.
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’ creates humourous 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 Bachelor’s of Art 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).
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After graduating with a Bachelor of Fine Art from the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design (NSCAD) in 2008, Eryn returned to her hometown of Ottawa to develop her career as a full-time practicing artist. She has participated in a number of public art shows in both Ottawa and Toronto, and recently attended the Vermont Studio Center for a one month Residency (March 2016). Fall 2016 marked both her move to Waterloo and the beginning of her MFA.
Unexpected and often ugly subjects of everyday life inform her paintings with her most recent work focusing on sites that have consciously incorporated a relationship with nature into urban spaces. These spaces offer a visual balance between the manufactured landscape and the natural environment, and between unlikely combinations of shapes, forms and materials.
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Denise St Marie
Denise St Marie completed her Bachelor of Fine Arts at the University of Victoria in BC, focusing on printmaking, multiples, and site-specific sculpture. Influenced by her previous 2 years of studies in Psychology, she used a multidisciplinary approach to her art by adding interventions to the streets of Victoria from 2000-03. As her practice grew she began collaborating with Timothy Walker in 2010, both nationally and internationally. Currently her work investigates social structures, levels of communication, contextual use of messaging, notions of micro/macro and recursive absurdity. In 2016 she was awarded a Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) grant in conjunction with her MFA thesis research.
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Timothy Walker is a collaborative artist who works closely with fellow artist and graduate student Denise St Marie. Together their practice consists largely of text-based work focused on the human condition. They often explore themes relating to perception, value and social relations, and how these can become shaped/formed by various belief structures. Walker graduated in 2012 with a BA specializing in Philosophy from the University of Toronto. He has recently exhibited work at the Art Gallery of Windsor, the Art Gallery of Mississauga and Nuit Blanche Toronto.
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Tait Wilman’s art practice explores notions of national and self identity through concepts such as one’s connection with nature, stereotypes, and humour. Using a combination of made and found objects (felt, sticks, embroidery, logs, sausages and beer cans), 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, and has exhibited in spaces such as the Marion Nicoll Gallery, Alberta Print Makers Society +15 space, Buttermilk Waffles Gallery, and ParkShow.
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