Scotty Alveberg is an emerging artist and during LOoW was an undergraduate student majoring in Visual Arts at Emily Carr University of Art + Design. Scotty explores interdisciplinary modes of image making that fluctuate between painting, printmaking, and drawing. His studio practice investigates themes of compression and expansion, the slippage of identification, and design. Scotty’s contemplative practice is grounded in systems thinking, he is interested in both locating and reimagining the materiality of objects and information within networks of meaning. His work has been shown locally at the Dynamo Arts Association and the Interurban Gallery; he is also a member of the Duplex Artist Society. Scotty is a settler currently occupying the traditional, ancestral, and unceded territories of the xʷməθkwəy̓əm (Musqueam), Skwxwú7mesh (Squamish), and Səl̓ílwətaʔ/Selilwitulh (Tsleil-Waututh) First Nations, also known as Vancouver, BC.
Haley Bassett is an interdisciplinary artist of Métis and Eastern European descent from Dawson Creek, BC. She was born in 1991 to cattle-rancher parents, and now lives and works in Sunset Prairie, BC. She has been mentored by Peter von Tiesenhausen and Brendan Tang. She completed her BFA in Visual Art from Emily Carr University, minoring in Social Practice and Community Engagement in May 2020. As part of her social practice, Bassett founded the Northern Arts – Community Development Program in 2019, in partnership with the Dawson Creek Art Gallery. This program is designed to alleviate barriers to artistic professional development in the Peace Region. Haley started out as a painter; however, her practice has expanded to include sculpture, installation, found objects, natural materials, beadwork and social practice. Her visual work explores how time, place, family histories and personal traumas converge as formational aspects of the self.
Gwenyth Chao (she/her) is an artist born in Tkaronto/Toronto, Canada. She completed her BA in Studio Art at the University of Guelph and is currently a Master of Fine Arts candidate at Emily Carr University of Art and Design. Working primarily in sculpture and installation, Chao’s practice questions how materials – from optical appearance to historical context to molecular structure – can condition and authenticate meaning. Driven by an awareness of experimental possibility, her recent projects rework detritus and salvaged materials to complicate questions of gendered and culturally-specific labour. Her solo exhibition Plasticity at Gallery Stratford consolidated the environmental subtexts in Chao’s previous works and the questions surrounding our reliance on plastics and the ecological responsibility of the art world were part of conversations she had at Banff’s Plastics Artist-in-Residency program in 2021. Chao has exhibited work with the Gladstone Hotel Gallery (Toronto, ON), Latcham Art Centre (Stouffville, ON), Cambridge Art Galleries (Cambridge, ON), University of Waterloo (Waterloo, ON) and Boarding House Gallery (Guelph, ON).In the winter 2023, Chao’s work was presented at the Richmond Art Gallery (Richmond, BC) and the Design TO Festival (Toronto, ON). She is a fellowship recipient at Vermont Studio Center and her most recent solo exhibition was at Centre culturel Georges-Vanier (Montreal) (‘22).
Xinwei Che is an installation-performance artist who looks at the residue of time through material-based processes and the phenomenology of space. She grew up in Singapore, and graduated with a BFA from Rhode Island School of Design in 2015. She was awarded the Young Talent Programme Prize, and had her first solo show in the Ion Art Space (Singapore) in 2017. With the support of the National Art Council of Singapore and the National Art Gallery of Kuala Lumpur, she has collaborated with communities to create libraries for shadows and for fears. During LOoW, she was completing her MFA degree at Emily Carr University of Art and Design. She was developing temporal works underpinned by slowness and attention to question the commodification of time in our everyday lives.
Sidi Chen, a traveling queer artist whose practice addresses the intersectionality of the body, community space, and the land, employs the body as a measurement of the environment, a sensor of the relationship, a dissector of experience, and the instrument for creativity. Through his practice, Chen is passionate about utilizing arts for community research, relationship building, and action development to tell marginalized stories, bridge the disconnections, and incubate sustainability, revitalization, and a land-based kinship in the community. During LOoW he was completing his MFA degree at Emily Carr University. Chen has participated in a wide range of residencies, exhibitions, performances, and projects in North America. Sidi Chen is currently working as a practicing artist, an independent arts administrator, and a community worker in the historical Chinatown, on the traditional, ancestral, and unceded territories of the xʷməθkwəy̓əm (Musqueam), Skwxwú7mesh (Squamish), and Səl̓ílwətaʔ/Selilwitulh (Tsleil-Waututh) First Nations, known as Vancouver, BC.
Brenda Crabtree (Xyolholemo:t)
Brenda Crabtree (Xyolholemo:t) has both Nlaka’pamux and Sto:lo ancestry and belongs to the Spuzzum Band. Brenda is the Director of Aboriginal Programs and Special Advisor to the President on Indigenous Initiatives at Emily Carr University of Art + Design. She is also an artist, curator, mentor, educator, community facilitator and cultural advisor. Brenda is recognized as an enduring champion for Indigenous artists and has been a key figure in developing ground-breaking programs. In her art practice, Brenda fuses Northwest Coast First Nations materials and traditions with political texts to create a vehicle for political activism, bridging art, politics and history.
Miruna Dragan (Bucharest, 1975) is an interdisciplinary artist settled in Alberta, on Blackfoot traditional lands. She responds to observed synchronicities through a broad range of forms, toward a subjective reimagining of archetypes, stories, and potent landscapes. Reflecting themes of dispersion and transcendence (with individual pieces… in tandem within immersive environments… and collaboratively as a member of Corbin Union), her works offer themselves as tools for meta/physics while challenging our dogmas about nature and culture. Exhibition venues include: Contemporary Art Gallery in Vancouver (2021), Living Art Museum in Reykjavík (2019), Muséo de la Ciudad de Querétaro (2019), Blackwood Gallery at University of Toronto (2018), Nickle Galleries at University of Calgary (2017), Southern Alberta Art Gallery in Lethbridge (2016), Nanaimo Art Gallery (2015), Esker Foundation in Calgary (2013), and Art Gallery of Alberta in Edmonton (2013). Miruna Dragan is Associate Professor at Alberta University of the Arts (since 2009).
Claudia Fernandez’s practice is collaborative by nature and thrives on investigating self-development through artistic expression. Her current research is focused on ethical hedonism, surreal mathematics, and geographical mysticism. She is a grant recipient from The Goethe-Institut for her work with the musical ensemble Mondmaschine. As a mult-instrumentalist, Fernandez, has notable performances at The Punk Museum in L.A., HKW Haus Der Kulturen Der Welt in Berlin, and Nrmal Fest in Mexico City; as well as performing for the launch of the music program at Alouette Correctional Facility, in Maple Ridge, Canada. She holds a BA in law from the Faculty of Law at U.A.N.L. in Monterrey, Mexico, and advanced music production degrees from The London Music School, and the Nimbus School of Recording Arts. Claudia is in the process of completing a BA in Visual Arts at Emily Carr University, on the unceded, traditional and ancestral territories of the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (musqueam), Skwxwú7mesh Úxwumixw (Squamish), and səl̓ilw̓ətaʔɬ (Tsleil-Waututh).
Kyla Gilbert is a visual artist based out of Vancouver BC. Kyla graduated with a BFA in performance from Concordia University in 2017 and spent the two subsequent years touring as a puppeteer with DJ Kid Koala. During her time as a puppeteer, she became interested in the inherent animacy of objects. During LOoW she was completing her MFA degree Emily Carr University, and her current practice involves disrupting the flow of generic objects caught in systems of production, distribution and consumption through playful intervention. She attempts to allow space for a relationship to form between herself and the objects that she transforms, and to allow for subjectivity, slippage and flaw to be introduced into non-generative, mass produced items. She is interested in the power narrative and referents have in shaping our movement and decision making and aims to introduce new possible realities for her objects as a form of deviation.
Francisco-Fernando Granados is Toronto-based artist. Born in the midst of the Guatemalan Civil War, his experience of coming to Canada as a refugee in 2001 informs the aesthetics and politics of his work. His practice has developed from the intersection of formal painterly training, working in performance through artist-run spaces, studies in queer and feminist cultural theory, and early activism as a peer support worker with newcomer communities in Vancouver–the unceded territories of the Musqueam, Squamish and Tsleil-Waututh peoples. Through a range of media that extends from drawing and writing to performance and installation, he uses abstraction as a conceptual strategy to create multidisciplinary projects that challenge the stability of practices of recognition. This way of deploying abstraction–site-specifically, relationally, performatively–aims to use the opacity of non-figurative languages to articulate configurations of desire that open up possibilities for being queerly in the world.
Christine Howard Sandoval
Christine Howard Sandoval is an interdisciplinary artist of Obispeño Chumash and Hispanic ancestry. Her work challenges the boundaries of representation, access, and habitation through the use of performance, video, and sculpture. Howard Sandoval makes work about contested places, such as the historic Native and Hispanic waterways of northern New Mexico; the Gowanus Canal, a Superfund site in New York; and an interfacing suburban-wildland in Colorado. Howard Sandoval has exhibited nationally and internationally; at The Museum of Capitalism (Oakland, CA), Designtransfer, Universität der Künste Berlin (Berlin, Germany), El Museo Del Barrio (Bronx, NY), and Socrates Sculpture Park (Queens, NY). Her first solo museum exhibition debuted at The Colorado Springs Fine Art Center in May 2019, during which time she was the Mellon Artist in Residence at Colorado College. Howard Sandoval has also been awarded residencies at the Santa Fe Art Institute, Triangle Arts, and The Vermont Studio Center, and will be the inaugural artist in residence at the ICA San Diego (2021). She holds a BFA from Pratt Institute (NY) and an MFA from Parsons The New School for Design (NY). She is currently Assistant Professor of Interdisciplinary Art in the Audain Faculty of Art at Emily Carr University (BC).
Risa Horowitz, born in Toronto, is based in Regina, Saskatchewan where she is associate professor and head of the department of visual arts at the University of Regina. Her work includes photography, video, painting, drawing, performance, electronics, installation, and writing. Horowitz has received numerous grants from the Canada Council for the Arts and several provincial funding bodies. Her works are in the public collections of Global Affairs Canada, the Canada Council Art Bank, the Saskatchewan Arts Board, and in private and corporate collections. In 2020, Horowitz represented Canadian women artists in A New Light, an exhibition at the Canadian Embassy in Washington DC (where one of her arctic works is on permanent display) that included several paintings from her Trees of Canada series. Horowitz’s practice blurs boundaries between expert-amateur, hobby-work, and leisure productivity. Much of her work involves collecting and durational practices that pay attention to time and its presentation.
Mark Johnsen is a visual artist living and working on the stolen lands of the Musqueam (xʷməθkʷəy̓əm) Squamish (Sḵwx̱wú7mesh) and Tsleil-Waututh (səl̓ilwətaɁɬ ) Peoples in Vancouver B.C. His practice is dependent on the spontaneous nature of the unique, hand-made analog print and its limitless potential in an era of digital reproduction. Through material exploration, blending traditional and non-traditional printmaking techniques, and improvisation, Johnsen works to capture gestural and representational time stamps as a record of living through a creative process. He holds a BFA in Photography from California College of the Arts (2012) and a Master’s degree from Emily Carr University of Art and Design (2020). His work has been exhibited throughout the United States as well as: Canada, The United Kingdom, Istanbul, Japan, Switzerland, Bosnia, and New Zealand. www.markjohnsen.net
Woojae Kim combines his research on biology with somatic experiences. He often invites organisms to influence the process of artmaking and change the experience of artwork throughout its lifespan. He is currently learning about soil science as a way to think about colonization, (bio)diversity, and non-human intelligence. Woojae is an immigrant from Korea and now lives in Vancouver, the unceded territories of the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish), and Sel̓íl̓witulh (Tsleil-Waututh) Nations.”
Ingrid Koenig is the inaugural Artist in Residence (2011 to 2021) at TRIUMF, Canada’s particle accelerator centre and co-organizes processes of collaboration between artists and physicists. Her studio practice traverses the fields of physics, social history, feminist theory and narratives of science through visual art and relational projects. She is the recipient of grants from the Canada Council for the Arts, the Goethe Institute, and the Social Science and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC), co-awarded with Randy Lee Cutler for the project Leaning Out of Windows – Art + Physics Collaborations Through Aesthetic Transformations (2016-2023), which explores how knowledge is translated across disciplinary communities. Koenig has exhibited her drawings and paintings in public galleries across Canada, Europe and New Zealand. In 2019 she was awarded a Canada Council for the Arts grant to join the Arctic Circle art and science residency in the international territory of Svalbard. Koenig earned her MFA at NSCAD, Halifax. Based in Vancouver, she is an associate professor at Emily Carr University of Art + Design, situated on unceded, traditional and ancestral Musqueam, Squamish, and Tsleil-Waututh territories. http://ingridkoenig.ca/
Barbara Lounder is a visual artist and educator living in Nova Scotia, Canada. She has presented her artwork in exhibitions and venues across Canada and internationally and has participated in artists’ residencies in Banff Alberta, McIvers Nfld., Pictou Island NS and Dilsberg Germany. Lounder has presented at conferences and symposia in Halifax NS; Vancouver, British Columbia; Newcastle, Sunderland and Plymouth UK; Sokołowsko, Poland; Munich and Dilsberg, Germany; Breda, Netherlands; Gabrovo, Bulgaria; Merida, Mexico; and Portland, Maine. Lounder’s performative and critical works engage members of the public in carefully designed walking activities that bring historical and personal knowledge together in embodied experiences. She is a founding member of the collaborative group Narratives in Space and Time Society (NiSTS), and of Hermes Gallery in Halifax. Her recent publications include articles in the Performing Arts Journal and the Journal of Public Pedagogy.
David McGregor is an artist and filmmaker based in Goodfare, Alberta. As a rural artist his practice revolves around patient observation of relationships between species, objects, elements, and time. He has a strong interest in various forms of haunting, divergent understandings of time, as well as the process of decomposition/composition. He studied film at the University of Manitoba and during LOoW he was pursuing a Master’s of Fine Arts from Emily Carr University of Art + Design. David is an award winning cinematographer and filmmaker working in documentary, narrative, and experimental forms as well as cultivating a practice in sculpture and installation. He is an educator in video production and an avid beekeeper.
Scott Massey’s work explores the confluence of art and science whereby he accentuates and amplifies natural phenomena, often heightened through artificial means or slight manipulations, based on research in cosmology, physics and other scientific disciplines. Light as a medium and manufactured apparatus are fundamental aspects of his practice, employed in both the creation and presentation of works. His image-based artworks confound normal methodologies of the media, and his sculptural works often employ a performative or durational element that further activates the work. Massey holds a BFA in photography from the Emily Carr University of Art & Design (Vancouver) and has participated in residencies at: Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity 2010/2015, Klondike Institute of Art and Culture, and Dazibao/PRIM Montreal. He has been awarded numerous production/creation grants from the BC Arts Council and the Canada Council. Massey currently lives and works on Bowen Island, British Columbia.
Ranu Mukherjee makes hybrid work in painting, moving image and installation to build new imaginative capacities. She is guided by the forces of ecology and non-human agency, diaspora and migration, motherhood and transnational feminisms. Large-scale projects have been presented by the San Jose Museum of Art, Los Angeles Museum of Contemporary Art, Asian Art Museum, de Young Museum, Karachi Biennale 2019, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts and the San Francisco Arts Commission. Mukherjee is a Pollock-Krasner Foundation Grantee (2020) and a Lucas Visual Arts Fellow (2019-2022). She has received residencies at 18th Street Arts Center Los Angeles, Space 118, Mumbai and De Young Museum. Her work is in numerous collections including Asian Art Museum, Bielecki Foundation, Kadist Foundation, JP Morgan, Oakland Museum of California and the San Jose Museum of Art. Mukherjee is represented by Gallery Wendi Norris and is Chair of Film at California College of the Arts.
Kieran Muller is a Media Artist coming from the We’tuwe’ten and Nlaka’pamux First Nations. He works in Photography, Film, and Animation with a focus on environmental topics. His work and research include gazing into the depths of the cosmos, venturing deep into forests, clambering on reckless peaks, and dancing through shimmering streams. Kieran seeks adventure. He often explores themes relating to decolonization and environmentalism. He utilizes the camera as a storytelling device that magnifies the truth and celebrates our strange yet stupendous world.
Otoniya J Okot Bitek
Otoniya J Okot Bitek is a poet and scholar. Her collection of poetry, 100 Days (University of Alberta 2016) was nominated for several writing prizes including the 2017 BC Book Prize, the Pat Lowther Award, the 2017 Alberta Book Awards and the 2017 Canadian Authors Award for Poetry. It won the 2017 IndieFab Book of the Year Award for poetry and the 2017 Glenna Lushei Prize for African Poetry. Juliane is also the author of Sublime: Lost Words (The Elephants 2018) and Gauntlet (Nomados 2019). She’s just moved to live on the traditional territory of the Haudenosaunee and Anishinaabe people. Juliane is an assistant professor at Queen’s University in Kingston.
Alan Poma (Peru) is a multidisciplinary artist, whose work has focused on creating site-specific projects. His presentations often integrate performance, video art, sound art and scientific research, creating productions that provide sensory journeys for viewers. In recent years he has developed a series of live events and installations that reflect an investigation on the futurist Russian Opera Victory Over the Sun (1913). He has working with an interdisciplinary group of collaborators including anthropologists, historians and physicists. With their input, Poma has raised the concept of Andean Futurism. Developing in the Andean Futurist Manifesto (Soma 2020) a methodology for the invention of futures.
Arti Struyanskiy’s oeuvre is focused on an intense feeling born out of constant scale comparisons between a human body-mind-perception and the ongoing processes within universe. Trapped and overwhelmed by the seemingly endless streams of daily information and time limitations, Arti explores potential ways of escaping a curse of dimensional claustrophobia—a fear of being forever doomed to exist in 3-dimensional space and unable to fully perceive time and history of the world at large. The results of these pursuits create a ground for investigating and forfeiting such concepts as psychological time, desire for the ‘becoming’, and the misery of existence. Born in Klimovsk and raised in Moscow, Arti attended Stroganov Moscow State University of Arts and Industry and received a BFA degree form California College of the Arts. He was awarded a BC Binning Memorial Fellowship. Arti resides on unceded Musqueam, Squamish and Tsleil-Waututh territories and during LOoW he was pursuing an MFA degree at the University of British Columbia.
Loretta Todd (Métis Cree) is an internationally acclaimed, award-winning filmmaker who has created, produced, directed and run over 125 programs, from children’s series, like Coyote’s Crazy Smart Science Show, to Skye and Chang, a sci-fi martial arts mash-up, as well as web-series (Fierce Girls) and numerous documentaries, shorts and animation. She’s also developed learning apps and games – and all those programs have won numerous awards and recognition. Recently, she created the IM4 Lab, the first Indigenous VR/AR Lab in Canada, in partnership with Emily Carr University of Art and Design. Her first dramatic feature film, Monkey Beach, based on the iconic novel by Eden Robinson, will be released 2020. She also co-wrote the script and is producing. Her films have screened at the Sundance Festival, TIFF, ImagineNative and the Museum of Modern Art. Ms Todd has received the Mayor’s Awards for Media Arts – City of Vancouver, Sundance Scriptwriter’s Lab—Sundance Institute, Rockefeller Fellowship—NYU Center for Media, Culture and History and Innovator Award from Women In Film.
Jay White is a European and Mi’kmaw descendant who lives on Nex̱wlélex̱m / Bowen Island, as an uninvited guest on unceded Skwxwú7mesh territory. As an interdisciplinary artist, animator, activist and storyteller, he is called to pass on land-based knowledge to future generations. In Jay’s work, respectful and ethical processes prioritize the interweaving of embodied, more-than-human and scientific perspectives. Jay’s installations have exhibited internationally and his animated short films have won awards internationally. His animations have won Best Animated Short at the Worldwide Animation Festival, and a longlist entry for Academy Award nomination. Jay is also an Assistant Professor at Emily Carr University, where he teaches creative development, interdisciplinary studio, storytelling and filmmaking courses. http://draworbedrawn.com
Hyung-Min Yoon is a visual artist working between Vancouver and Seoul, Korea. Her artwork utilizes a variety of media, with an interest in language, translation, and the elemental roots of meaning. Yoon received her BFA from the Korean National University of the Arts, Seoul, and her MFA from Chelsea College of Arts, London. Yoon has held solo exhibitions in Vancouver (CSA Space, 2019; Gam Gallery, 2018; grunt gallery, 2014) and in Seoul (Trunk Gallery, 2016; Wumin Art Centre, 2014). She participated in numerous public art projects including Facade Festival (BAF, 2019), Canada at 150: Trauma, Memory and the Story of Canada (SACHA, Vancouver, 2017), and Taehwa River Eco Art Festival (Korea, 2014). In 2014 she was the grand prize recipient of the PUBLIC ART Artist award (Korea, 2014). Yoon has been an invited artist for international residencies including GCC (Korea, 2014), Kunsthalle Exnergasse Residenz: KEX award grants, Vienna (Austria, 2013).