House of Paint 2017

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Once again Ottawa's House of Paint Festival under the Dunbar bridge was THE jam!
I had a prime spot this year so my head got a little large! (Sorry, I had to!)
Shout-outs to Muisca (pictured) who painted the character beside me and the whole XYZ fam for making the trip up from Toronto...Salute!



Multiplicity at Underpass Park, Toronto

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I recently painted a pillar in Toronto's Underpass Park along the PanAm Path.

This project, entitled Multipli’city, is managed by Mural Routes and is part of the StreetARToronto Partnership Program in collaboration with the Corktown Residents and Business Association, the City of Toronto Parks Department, and Relay 2017 – Friends of the PanAm Path.

While the artists’ designs are diverse, they are tied together by the theme of multiplicity, a theme intended to remind us that our diverse people are the real pillars of Canada. 

I used my pillar to highlight the under-representation of black womxn in mural art as both subjects and artists. My intention was to provide visibility and positive representation in the hopes it may inspire others. My figure holds the "City on Her Back", a nod to the ways in which I've seen many black womxn in my life face and bear the challenges of urban living, often disproportionately and without recognition while remaining resilient, graceful and strong. They are the pillars holding up our communities and to them I give thanks!

               














North Dalhousie St, Byward Market, Ottawa

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 Getting one in on home turf!





Ottawa's Tallest Mural Yet!

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Full Mural!

Seal (Detail)

Marcus getting down!

Char!

From left to right, artists Mique Michelle, Marcus Kisa-Gaudreau 
and me, Kalkidan Assefa  (Matthew Kupfer/CBC)


Vanier Mozaik Mural

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Working on the tallest mural in Ottawa...



VISUAL17E OTTAWA

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I am super excited to be involved in some pretty big projects this year, and VISUAL17E Ottawa is the launch of the first one. We will be having an awesome showcase of artwork from some of Canada's most talented black creators as well as performances from local to international poets singers, and musicians. Click here for details!


Mikw Chiyâm Residency: Collective Mural Painting in the Cree Nation of Mistissini

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In Sept/Oct of 2016 I had the amazing opportunity to complete a residency through Mikw Chiyâm, a unique arts concentration program offered through the Cree School Board of the Eeyou Istchee. The program brings in professional Indigenous and non-Indigenous artists who work with the students existing teachers "to promote accountability and to empower students by providing them with opportunities to discover, build and share their personal and collective voices through the arts."

It was my second visit to a Cree community up north but sure not to be my last. I had such an awesome group of students at Voyageur Memorial School who worked on this stencil-based mural project which they collectively proposed, researched and produced. They went above and beyond wht was expected, staying after school and on a PD day to paint. Such a great group, I couldnt have asked for a better mural crew!

 With the help and guidance of their talented art teacher Marcela Henriquez, they created the beautiful work you see below. Inspired by the teachings of their Elders, they created the mural to pay homage.

The caption is in Cree and reads: 
"The best way to predict the future is to create it, while keeping the past at heart."