Category: MFA at Waterloo

You Can Never Go Home

My thesis exhibition for my MFA at the University of Waterloo is coming up VERY SOON- May 5 – 21, 2016, at the University of Waterloo Art Gallery!

About the exhibition:

Jennifer Akkermans / You Can Never Go Home / UWAG – Gallery Two

In the summer of 2014, Jennifer Akkermans packed everything she owned into her car and moved from Calgary to Waterloo. Since then, she has been attempting to build a home for herself in Ontario. You Can Never Go Home is a physical manifestation of this process. Torn between remembering her prairie home and attempting to acclimatize to a new place, Akkermans uses herself as a case study. Like some of the artworks in the exhibition, the process is incomplete. The obsessiveness and anxiety of the installation speaks to the discomfort and sense of discovery at the heart of her transition.

More info on the Waterloo Fine Arts website.

Work in Progress….

I’ve been taking a lot of photographs as I’ve been working in the studio lately, and thought I’d share a few.  That’s about all I have time for at this point in my MFA.  (Hopefully sometime I’ll be able to give this site a little more of the attention it needs.)

This piece is getting really close to being finished.  And, wow, realizing how much my work has changed.

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Returned from Europe!

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Returned!  Very happy to be home and back in the studio!

I returned from Europe one week ago, Friday the 10th.  Soon happy to be home, although Europe was wonderful!  I visited as many places as I could – Cologne, Barcelona, Vienna, Amsterdam, Venice, Brussels, London and Paris. Phew!

I saw lots of things- the Eiffel Tower, Big Ben, Manneken Pis, Park Guell, Cologne’s cathedral, etc, etc. and lots of art!  Lots of historical art in the Louvre, Musee d’Orsay, Tate Modern, Mumok, the Albertine, etc, etc, etc.  Marianne and I went to the Venice Biennale (which was awesome!)  I saw the Summer Exhibition at the Royal Academy, shows of Joseph Cornell and Henry Darger, Tracey Emin, Egon Shiele, and many more interesting exhibitions.  I visited my family in the Netherlands, and an old friend in London.

It was a lovely trip.  Some highlights:

Beef Carpacho. Yum!
Beef Carpacho. Yum!
Casa Battlo
Casa Battlo
Crypt
Crypt
Crypt in Vienna
Crypt in Vienna
Venice
Venice
Ventian Laundry
Venetian Laundry
Venice Biennale
Venice Biennale
Venice Biennale
Venice Biennale
Rusty metal/ Belgian Chocolate
Rusty metal/ Belgian Chocolate
Belgian chocolates
Belgian chocolates
Me and Latifa
Me and Latifa
Me and Latifa
Me and Latifa
Riding the Carousel
Riding the Carousel
The Globe Theatre
The Globe Theatre
The Globe Theatre
The Globe Theatre
Highgate cemetery
Highgate cemetery
Highgate Cemetery
Highgate Cemetery
Sad Selfie at the grave of Karl Marx. Highgate cemetery, London.
Sad Selfie at the grave of Karl Marx. Highgate cemetery, London.
Pere Lachaise cemetery
Pere Lachaise cemetery
Parisian breakfast.
Parisian breakfast.
Creme Brule at Les 2 Moulins! (Amelie style!)
Creme Brule at Les 2 Moulins! (Amelie style!)

Koln (Cologne) !

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– The view from my bedroom window.  –

An important part of my MFA program at UWaterloo is the Shantz Internship.  I have chosen to work with Alexandra Bircken in Cologne (Koln), Germany. (Actually, if you click through to her site, that is the table I’ve been working at, right on the front page).

It’s been a little overwhelming, coming to Europe for the first time by myself.  I flew into Amsterdam on the 16th of May, and took the train to Koln, and Alexandra picked me up from the train station. She has been great, incredibly helpful, generous, and full of useful information.  But Europe has been an adjustment.  I mean, it’s been good, been interesting, but absolutely EVERYTHING is different than what I’m used to.  The language is different, the money is different, the food is different.  The LIGHTSWITCHES are different.  I can’t read German, so simple things like going to the grocery store or out to eat is a bit of a challenge.  The other day I bought a sandwich without knowing what kind it was, because I couldn’t read the label.  Turns out it was fried tuna (and delicious, lol).

And the jet lag.  Tough to adjust my circadian rhythm.  And because of the time difference, calling (skyping) home has been a challenge… missing Waterloo.  But I’m slowly settling in.

Here are some pictures from the first few days in Koln.  🙂

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(King Street, for you Waterloovians.)

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