Another year gone….

Lamp posts in teacups.

As 2017 comes to a close, I’m thinking about all the things I’ve done this year, and what’s already in the works for next year.

Highlights of the year:

  • I had four of my artworks in an exhibition at Pier 21 in Halifax and got to meet my family in Nova Scotia to do a bit of travelling and go to the opening. I was able to visit with an old friend while I was there.
  • I am currently an Artist in Residence at the Living Arts Centre in Mississauga, which allows me access to an amazing woodshop space and encourages me to make the most of my studio time and go regularly.  I am the most productive than I’ve been since grad school, which feels really great.
  • The other factor of my recent productivity is that I have completed a grant project from the Region of Waterloo to make six mechanical sculptures (and have learned a LOT in the process). Stay tuned as I will share images and videos of the project!
  • I have opened up some avenues to offer my work for sale, including here on my website, as well as at Open Sesame, and in the gift shop at the Living Arts Centre.
  • I have become a member of Uptown Gallery here in Waterloo and am getting to know some new artists.
  • I have resurrected my newsletter and am enjoying the conversations that are happening because of it.
  • Last but not least, I’m loving hanging out with the fur ball in my apartment, my lovely little orange kitty, Tickie. She’s crawling all over me as I write this. 🙂

And a personal highlight, I got to go home for a bit in the summer, to go to the wedding of a couple of my best friends.

Things to look forward to in 2018:

  • Showing my work in the Installation Zone at The Artist Project in February – Eek!
  • Documenting and sharing the new artwork I’ve been working so hard on to finish…. automata!
  • Continuing to make new work as a resident artist at the Living Arts Centre, including an upcoming Resident Artist exhibition!
  • And I’ve got a few other things in the works (that I’m not ready to share yet… but soon)!

All the best to all of you in 2018!

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Exhibition: Canada Day One at Pier 21

Stuck Inside (2015). MDF, polyfilla, plexiglas, paint, sandpaper, digital photo frame. 17” x 15” x 5”.

Canada Day One is now open at Pier 21!

The exhibition runs March 18 – November 12, 2017. The opening reception will be April 11.  If you’re in Halifax, be sure to check it out!

Special thanks to the Ontario Arts Council for their support!

Upcoming Exhibition: Deep Roots at the Living Arts Centre

Deep Roots is an exhibition that I am part of that is opening very soon in Mississauga, at the Living Arts Centre.

The exhibition runs January 4th to February 20th, with an opening reception on January 17th (7-9pm).  The other artists in the show are:

Monica Bujas

Nicholas Crombach

Erna de Vries

Brad Emsley

Caroline Ji

Michaela Lucio

Alan McCord

Moira Ness

Zhan Ni Li

Lois Schklar

Steven Whalley

Kathy White

Alix Voz

Upcoming Exhibition at Pier 21

Canada: Day 1 Halifax / Pier 21
March 18, 2017 – November 12, 2017

Opening reception
April 11, 2017

Canada: Day 1 Halifax celebrates the experience of immigrants who’ve come to Canada. This exhibition feels particularly special to me as my Opa immigrated to Canada through Pier 21 in the 1950’s. Although I am not an immigrant myself, I liken my own journey of moving across the country by myself to that of my grandparents.  Although I am sure their journey was much harder than my own, I do understand some of their challenges just a little bit more.

Artists in the exhibition: 
Chun Hua Catherine Dong
Charley Young
Jennifer Akkermans
Josefina Maranzano
Shauntay Grant
Sheila Esfahan
Lin Xu 

More information at Pier 21

The Canadian Museum of Immigration is located at Pier 21, 1099 Marginal Road, Halifax, NS, Canada.

Infinity of Intimate Space

Image: Venessa Heddle, still from Funeral Wells (19:33 min digital video) shot with a Mobius Action cam affixed to a CNC router.

I am in an exhibition at Inter/Access this month, curated by Aliya Karmali.

According to the I/A website: Infinity of Intimate Space features four emerging artists whose works explore space through memories and dreams. The exhibition is inspired by Gaston Bachelard’s book, The Poetics of Space, which discusses the phenomenologist’s study of the sites of our intimate lives. From the intimacy of our houses, to desolate landscapes and brimming cities, to the deconstruction of digital forms, what reveries do we explore within the spaces we immerse ourselves in?”

The exhibition runs November 16th to December 10th, 2016.