N E W S & U P D A T E S
Come play at the National Gallery!! I’ve been invited to give demonstrations of my collage techniques for two drop-in sessions for the National Gallery’s Creative Thursday on October 25th (demos at 6 and 7 pm). Admission to the gallery is, as always, free on Thursday evenings and all materials will be provided for you to make your own collage! I’ll be on hand to share my techniques and give feedback on your work. Hope to see you there!
Magazine editor/founder Justine Yu is a powerhouse, and I’m so excited to see my work (the Balikbayans) in the inaugural issue Living Hyphen. Living Hyphen is a new magazine that examines what it means to live in between cultures as hyphenated Canadians – that is, individuals who call Canada home but with roots in faraway places.
Artists and writers from all across Canada hailing from over thirty ethnic backgrounds, religions, and Indigenous nations combined, explore the theme of “Entrances & Exits”. to reveal the many ways figurative doorways have shaped their identities. I’ve pre-ordered my copy; order yours today to support diverse voices in Canadian arts and literature! https://livinghyphen.ca/issue-entrances-exits/
Back to where my journey of exploring my diasporic roots all started: wheat pasting at the House of PainT! Come through as I create a big art attack during the main day celebration at Ottawa's hiphop cultural institution.
I'm really looking for to see how the works by Kathryn Shriver, Amy Barker, and myself come together for our group exhibition at Studio Sixty Six. In Detail opens Friday July 13th and runs until August 12th. I hope you'll join us at the opening, or one of the gallery's Friday afternoon socials throughout the run of the exhibition.
Italy's Rapsodia Arts & Literature magazine published my piece Enough in their latest issue focusing on the aesthetics of the error. Hard copies can be ordered through their site, or you can sign up to their mailing list to receive a free digital copy.
And along the lines of being 'enough:' I received a very nice letter from the city recently and now I am very happy to acknowledge the support of the City of Ottawa's Creation and Production Fund for Professional Artists (!!!). This is my first juried arts award, and I am so excited to expand on my Arrivants series. The funding will allow me to further explore stories of the Filipinx diaspora from within the Ottawa community while moving my work into the scale of large installations. The first order of business will be to secure a dedicated studio space (another first!) - if you know of any leads around Centretown, please get in touch!
And now it is July. That is bananas. The April update and late snowstorms feel like they were just yesterday, but here we are in the middle of a heatwave, past the midpoint of the year. I promised exciting announcements back in April, but it turns out those things were so exciting I never had the chance to update! Better late than never I suppose.
First: I really wanted to announce the All Hands on Deck fundraiser show back in May. Artists from all over the city were invited to create on skateboard decks, which were displayed at Beyond the Pale Brewery and auctioned off for For Pivots Sake - a skateboard/mentoring non-profit run by the Ottawa Skateboard Community Association. While I'm definitely not cool or coordinated enough to skate, I have nothing but respect for the OSCA and I was psyched to donate a piece to the huge group show. My deck was snatched up by fellow Ottawa artist Mark Stephenson, who also managed to take home a deck by one of my favourite artists Stephen Frew. Here are our pieces hanging together from Mark's instagram.
If I was around for All Hands on Deck, I probably would've battled Mark for the Frew deck, but on the day of the auction (May 12th) I was actually celebrating the first ever World Collage Day in Manila, Philippines! I was lucky enough to visit the motherland from April 28th-May 20, both for family reunions (plural, because I am part of two huge family trees) and for my first ever artist residency and international exhibition! I am still processing what to do with all the potential collage material and photos and stories I gathered, and a write-up on my residency with Pineapple Lab is far overdue. I'll have it all up soon, but before that - two big announcement coming up; tomorrow!
And suddenly it's April! This winter's been a weird rough one, but hopefully this weekend's forecasted snowstorms will be the very last of it (or maybe they won't happen at all!) and we can keep moving forward into sunshine and all other good things. I've been busy writing my first large grants applications and submitting proposals to galleries for a project that I really believe in. There will be exciting things (unrelated to the applications) to share soon and new art to be uploaded - I was just making some updates to the site's SEO and figured I'd leave a note to let you know I'm still around :)
Big news from my gallery Studio Sixty-Six: the gallery will be moving to a Glebe storefront location in the spring, and to celebrate, Carrie and the team will be hosting one last exhibit at their 66 Muriel St location. Foundations|Futures opens February 17th, and will feature work from the 25 artists represented by the gallery. My largest original piece (18x24") yet will be there, along with bold works by so many of my favourites. Come join us!
I've mentioned this already, but Room Magazine has just sent me an update of their upcoming issue with my Balikbayans piece on the cover (!!). If you'd like to support Canada's oldest art, literature, and feminist magazine head over to roommagazine.com/subscribe. Issue 41.1 will hit the shelves in early March - please support your local book and magazine shops.
I'm starting off 2018 with a group show organized by the Behaviour Collective. SENSE opens at the original Happy Goat in Hintonburg on February 2nd (date changed from January 19th)!
Just got word that Object//Project at Possible Worlds will be extended until January 21st! Pop in to see work my piece among works by Rémi Allen. Zara Ansar, Joi Arcand, Corrine Blouin, Danni-Rae Mistaken Chief, Sarah Dobbin, Rachel Gray, Claudia Gutierrez, Olivia Johnston, Abigail Kashul, Rachel Lin, Mique Michelle, Aidan O’Keefe, Emmanuel Okot, Lindsay Naish, Natasha Place, Robin Richardson-Dupuis, Stéphanie St-Jean Aubre, Amy Thompson, Piotr Pawlowski, Tafui, and Guillermo Trejo.
JAN 3- JAN 21
I managed to squeeze a piece into Possible Worlds' year-end micro art fair and group show. Check out Object//Project from December 15th-24th!
Facebook reminded me that I've been with Studio Sixty Six for one whole year today! I'm so grateful to the women running the gallery: Carrie Colton for having my work, and Rose Ekins for seeing, curating and making space for so many marginalized voices and giving me so many opportunities to grow. I'll be around for the gallery's happy hour this Friday (3-6pm) as we celebrate the photographers of the ARTiculations show.
I'm now on the roster of illustrators for the premier Asian-Canadian literary journal. My first set of collage illustrations accompany a piece of non-fiction called Tatay by Marc Perez, about an adult son saying goodbye to his ailing father.
This month I have two vernissages coming up - both huge group shows, with incredibly talented company (is this even real life?). The first show is the annual juried Figureworks Festival (Nov 22- Dec 3 2017). The list of artists accepted into the show this year includes so many whose work I've admired for years. It is wild that my work is among them.
The next show Is Articulations - the year end show at Studio Sixty Six (Nov 30-Jan 8), which features work entirely by female-identifying artists in the national capital region. It's an honour to be included among this wide range of expressions and approaches to art, with a group of femmes so dedicated to their work.
NOV 22 & 30
It's been a long time since my last workshop, so I'm really looking forward to spreading the collage love again at Possible Worlds! Riffing off of my latest explorations into identity and storytelling, I'll be leading a workshop called Portraits and Other Stories on October 19th. Participants are welcome to bring images of whoever they're into, and we'll explore how to use my minimalst style to create collage portraits. Register on possibleworldsshop.com !
OCT 19 2017
In the latest edition of what Kristina's very, very excited about: my new position as a Projects Assistant at Possible Worlds! I started the position in the summer and quickly got swept up in making things happen that I'm only now getting to take a step back and update.
Possible Worlds is a tiny art/music/event/workshop space in Chinatown, and I'm so proud to be part of a team that supports, facilitates, and celebrates under-represented, emerging, diverse, and socially conscious artists and art forms. As the Projects Assistant, I get to put my love of organizing artists and events to work; primarily with the shop's new meetup series that co-founder Melanie and I dubbed Practise/Process which focuses on the different ways creative practitioners can develop and sustain their professional careers. I'm so looking forward to tapping into all the expertise in Ottawa's art communities and developing this meetup as an important resource. Our first meet up was led by Olivia Johnston, Ryan Smeeton, and PW co-founder Melanie Yugo and we discussed their recent artist residencies and how to make them happen. Coming up on October 26th will be a discussion on Art with Vulnerable Communities, led by people whose work I respect so so much: Kalkidan Assefa, Mailyne Briggs, and Mique Michelle -- come learn with me!
I tried to update sooner, but maybe heat exhaustion got the best of me and I was timed out of my web editor before I clicked save. :S The heat exhaustion was likely from running up and down Somerset St W all day on the 16th as the official Artist Liaison of this year's Remixed Festival. While I didn't exhibit any of my own work like I have for the past 3 years, I'm super proud of the exhibits I helped organize in shops, restaurants, and cafes all along Somerset from Lyon to Rochester st. September 16th was our big opening day celebration, and beyond the art exhibits we the Remixed committee closed Somerset from Percy to Bay and had a full day of programming, The committee learned a lot, and we're already looking to how we can improve next year's festival. If you missed opening day, you can still visit the art exhibits until October 16th -- visit chinatownremixed.com for a map of participating artists and businesses.
SEPT 16- OCT 16
With more excitement and gratitude than usual, my work is part of a group show called Return to Figurative at Ottawa's Studio Sixty Six. This gallery has always supported exciting works from emerging artists - being included among them is indeed a pretty big deal to me.
The show opens July 6th at 6:30. The other artists (Julia Campisi, Amanda Gorman, Ariane Fairlie) in the show and I will be serving complimentary pink-themed snacks, and there'll be rosé at the cash bar! Come out, say hi, take in some amazing art and see the beginnings of my newest body of work!
JUL 6 -
So much going on that I've neglected this space a bit. If you're out exploring Ottawa this summer, keep your eyes open for my work at these two wonderful venues: 1) St. Charles Market - thank you to Melanie of launchyourspace for reaching out to me and including my work in this gorgeous adaptive reuse project in Ottawa's Beechwood neighbourhood! and 2) The Art House Cafe - which is now fully licensed for your local beer sipping, patio enjoying, art loving needs!
Unreal honour to be included among some incredibly inspiring artists in Artmaze Mag's Summer 2017 issue! If you're in the EU or the UK, you can grab a copy Do You Read Me Belin, White Cube Gallery, Mag Culture, Ma Galleria in Bath, McNally Jackson, and Magazine Brighton. Across the Atlantic and Pacfic, have a look through artmazemag.com and order yourself a copy if you really dig it!
Four of my original handcut collages are now up at Pressed - in my opinion, one of the most important venues for Ottawa's emerging art and music scenes. My work's up as part of a group show along with painter Corinne Blouin-Hudon and photographer Nneka Token.
The vernissage is on Sunday March 12th, starting at 8pm. I'll be there with magazines, scissors, and glue so you can try your hand at cut and paste!
New feature on incredibly talented local painter Sarah Tompkins now up on my faisons ici blog
I don't know why I waited so long - Products & Styling gallery now up!
Nathalie Grice's Bedroom Forest photoshoot gallery now up :)
Two of my pieces will be displayed at the Carleton University Community Art Show, opening Friday January 13th at the CU Art Gallery. Opening reception will be at noon that Friday, and the exhibit goes until the 22nd. Also! I will be hosting an informal cut and paste collage workshop in the Gallery on Thursday January 19th beginning at 7 PM.
New prints and unframed studio originals are now available on my SeesCutsPastes Etsy shop, with worldwide shipping, and free local pick up in Ottawa.
BIG'n'SMALLS gallery now up!
Toronto Intro to Collage workshop at Hashtag Gallery. Register here!
Ottawa's Intro to Collage workshop at Possible Worlds is sold out!
So pleased to announce that my framed originals (with the fancy UV glass) will now be on sale online exclusively through Studio Sixty-Six! My work is in such good company -- the gallery is a fierce supporter of some incredible emerging artists. Check out my work in their Holiday Gift Guide - each work purchased through the month of December provides a donation to the Sexual Assault Support Centre of Ottawa.
BIG 'N' SMALLS at Hashtag Gallery in Toronto! It'll be my first solo gallery show. What a way to come home. The opening night party starts at 7pm on the 24th.
NOV 24-DEC 4
Two new workshops announced - one for Ottawa, and one for Toronto! Details in my werkwerkwerkwerk-workshop blog post
TEARSHEET: Milk Shop photos for Jetsetter Mag's Ottawa Shopping Guide
Last day for the Improbable Treasures collage group show!
Where: Little Latin America (764 Somerset St W)
When: 10 AM - 5 PM
Solo art field trip to Detroit!
Last day of SMALL WORLDS - a solo collage show
Finissage drinks at the Manx (370 Elgin) starting at 9 PM