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!
In Sept/Oct of 2016 I had the amazing opportunity to complete a residency through Mikw Chiyâm, an amazing arts concentration program offered through the Cree School Board in a few Cree communities of the Eeyou Istchee. The program brings in professional artists who work with 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. 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."
Photos used with permission by Justin Wonnacott, from TRANSACTIONS presented by Carleton University Art Gallery, 2016.
Curated by Cara Tierney , the exhibit is on from Sept 12,2016 - Feb 12, 2017.
Its true! I was honoured to be invited to contribute to TRANSACTIONS at Carleton University Art Gallery this past August. Curated by the brilliant Cara Tierney the exhibit is about "celebrating queer experiences that emerge from transactional creative exchanges, the artists in TRANSACTIONS define, refine, redefine, exult themselves today for the (a)genders of tomorrow, linking communities and challenging ideas of authenticity, allyship, belonging and being."
This amazing show features the work of Elisha Lim, Kama La Mackerel, Oli Rodgriguez, Coco Guzman and Morgan Sea and can be seen until Feb. 12, 2017.
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The Ottawa WESTFEST 2016 community mural! 8x12 feet painted over 2 full days at Laroche Park. Thanks to everybody that stopped by to chat, hang out, or even grab a brush and throw some colours around, you all made it a very fun and unpredicatable experience!!...And of course special thank you Hampton Paints - Benjamin Moore for all the glorious paint!
Mural season has has begun and we're starting it off big! I'm a lead artist in this 166 x 15 foot mural being painted by a group of amazing youth through House of Paint. Our piece is only one of 4 or 5 going up, once the entire wall is completed it just might be the biggest mural in Ottawa history! The Community Jam where we unveil their masterpiece is on June 1, 2016. Check back for updates!!