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At the Anna: January and February exhibitions

January 6-11, 2020
Opening receptions: Monday January 6, 5:30 – 7 p.m.

Artifacts From the Tip of Your Nose — Anna Lisa Shandro, undergraduate exhibitor — Gallery 1

Shandro describes her exhibition as “an ode to experimentation, identity and culture.” She offers, “I invite you to a mind frame where you can imagine new futures, alternative pasts and explore a colourful, ecstatic and revolutionary vision. Pattern, colour, craft and diverging ideas make up this diverse portfolio of pieces to make a fully immersive spacial experience.”

Ephemeral Landscapes — Sami Lemperger, undergraduate exhibitor — Gallery 2A

Large-scale photographs of forests, mountains and rivers tell the story of Lemperger’s first visit to the West Coast. Fleeting moments in nature are brought to life in collage of textiles, creating a dialogue between the two mediums.

Cut It Out – Sorrel Van Allen, undergraduate exhibitor — Gallery 2B

Sorrel Van Allen creates contemporary jewellery and objects through the careful process of hand piercing and bending metal tabs. Joined in space, these tabs create the illusion of volume resulting in delicate, intricate forms.

Free Symmetry – I’thandi Munro, undergraduate exhibitor and Taye Munro-Zwicker  — Gallery 3

Using steel, wire, enamel, plastics, powder coat and a micro welder as tools to draw three-dimensionally in metal, I’thandi Munro strives to mimic, mirror, and expand upon her child Taye’s uninhibited use of line in his original drawings.

January 14 – 18, 2020

Opening receptions: Monday January 13, 5:30 – 7 p.m.

Patchwork — Emma Cole & Kirsti Smith, undergraduate exhibitors — Gallery 1

Cole and Smith have collaborated in textiles and ceramics to pay tribute to the women crafters that decorated their families homes for generations but never got the chance to exhibit in a gallery.

Unbound — Emma Rath, undergraduate exhibitor — Gallery 2A

Rath’s work is a form of recognition and remembrance to stories of all of women who were, and still are pushed to the margins. Her exhibition reconsiders traditional methods of display, definitions of printmaking, and bookmaking. Female stories are unbound, continually evolving, shifting and being rewritten.

D.I.Y. Psychoanalysis: The Sleepy Time Illustrations — Michael Nearing, undergraduate exhibitor — Gallery 2B

Nearing presents a series of charcoal drawings depicting his dreams alongside his dream journal. His illustrations portray his interpretation of these visions, wondering what his underlying thinking might be within them.

Shifting Baselines — Abby Hann, undergraduate exhibitor — Gallery 3

Fish naturally reproduce by the millions. But due to our demand, ocean populations are collapsing. Inspired by the Japanese tradition of Gyotaku, Hann uses printmaking to explore the pursuit of the multiple through nature and technology.

January 21 – 25, 2020

Opening reception: Monday, January 20, 5:30 – 7 p.m.

1475°F  — Bingjie Chen, Linxi Cai, Laureen Wong, Yongxin Guo, Samuel Lin, Xi Chen, undergraduate exhibitors — Gallery 1

1475°F refers to the kiln temperature most commonly used when creating enamelled jewellery. Artists in this exhibition will present an array of one-of-a-kind enamelled pieces – necklaces, brooches, earrings and table objects.

Jimllery: NSCAD Jewellery Design Study Pathway – Haoming Nao (Jim), undergraduate exhibitor — Gallery 1

Using precious materials and a variety of jewellery techniques, Haoming (Jim) reveals the skills and processes he learned during his time in the “mystery location’ of the jewellery studio at NSCAD.

Kim Paquet – undergraduate exhibitor — Gallery 2

Paquet explores the relationship between the physical function of wearable jewellery and the sculptural aspects of found objects. Her work reflects the emotions and weight of trauma, focusing on the ways that major life disruptions can create a “new normal” in their wake.

Derelict Resurgence — Michelle Plamondon, undergraduate exhibitor — Gallery 2

Inspired by the documentation of abandoned spaces, Plamondon visited the RCAF Beaver Bank Station in Nova Scotia, a site that has been closed for over 50 years. During her excursions, she gathered inspiration to create wearable jewellery pieces, mimicking surface textures and using found objects.

Play Nice! – Moira Hayes, undergraduate exhibitor — Gallery 3

Play Nice! is a snakes and ladders game sprawled across the gallery floor and walls, inviting the viewer to participate in playing and reflect on the binary rules placed on all of our actions, dictating good and bad.

January 28 – February 1, 2020

Opening receptions: Monday, January 27, 5:30 – 7 p.m.

Big Cats & a Crocodile – Natasha Verbeke, undergraduate exhibitor — Gallery 1

With this body of work, Verbeke pulls apart her complicated relationship with Baroque era painter Peter Paul Rubens. Movement and composition is explored through layers of washes and mark making in these large scale oil paintings.

One Thousand Words – Alex Sutcliffe, undergraduate exhibitor — Gallery 2A

As a painter, Alex explores the relationship between physical and digital mediums through new experiments. Using printers, found images, 3D modelling programs and paint, Alex exchanges aspects of both traditional and digital painting to engage in a conversation with contemporary image making. Through the process of creating the work, both artifacts and limitations of physical and digital images are revealed.

How She Walk – Celeste Cares, undergraduate exhibitor — Gallery 2B

Celeste Cares emphasizes colour, repetition, and motif in these lively mixed-media paintings on paper. With an interest in the emotional exchange between the physical and the imaginary, Celeste seeks to express the inner and outer qualities of “How She Walk.”

steal a sip of someone’s drink from across the room with a long straw — Gabrielle Palaric-Skinner & Søren Wilde, undergraduate exhibitors — Gallery 3

Palaric-Skinner and Wilde present a series of “tricks on insignificant objects. Seeing these ridiculous actions will show flexibility in things understood as concrete.”

February 4 – 8, 2020

Opening receptions: Monday, February 3, 5:30 – 7 p.m.

Eternia — Nick Nylen, undergraduate exhibitor— Gallery 1

Nylen uses oil paint on canvas to create scenes both inviting and distant. Ideas surrounding the natural and the unnatural, reality and unrealities are explored through various forms of paint application and levels of abstraction.

MendAmend  — Fern Pellerin, undergraduate exhibitor  — Gallery 2A

Inspired by the myth of cells regenerating every 7 years, Pellerin employs illustration and embroidery to depict a conversation with their present self and past selves confronting trauma, memory and healing through a nostalgic, childish lens.

LOCAL By Local Girl – Anita Joh, undergraduate exhibitor — Gallery 2B

An on-going performance taking forms of installation, video, book arts, printed matter and wearable art pieces. Highlighting the importance of engagement through collaborations, this body of work sets out to re-define the meaning of “local” as an experience and the connections you make, over your physical or geographic location.

a loop in so on’s – Robin Jarvis, undergraduate exhibitor — Gallery 3

In this exhibition of choreographed movement, video, sound and sculpture, Jarvis presents, “phrases of movement explored on a habitual turf. This will be an instance of building together with veneer to curl. A space with languages to be absorbed more than heard.”

February 11 – 15, 2020

Opening receptions: Monday, February 10, 5:30 – 7 p.m.

Messy! – Jessie McLaughlin, undergraduate exhibitor— Gallery 1

McLaughlin has a fondness for the playfulness and messiness that seem to encompass the twists and turns of growing up. She uses personal text, colour and textile processes such as weaving, quilting, embroidery and appliqué to evoke an overall aesthetic that is endearing, light-hearted and fun.

GROWTH — Rosalind Hennenfent, undergraduate exhibitor — Gallery 2A

Hennenfent uses paper pulp medium to create wearable jewellery. Placing paper pulp piece by piece allows the growth of organic and unexpected patterns within a singular form.

Remember Me – Samuel Lin, undergraduate exhibitor — Gallery 2A

Lin explores colour, material and structure in jewellery-making, using the medium to tell stories, reveal connections and memories.

It’s okay to dream – Luisa Grottker, undergraduate exhibitor — Gallery 2B

Grottker employs a combination of ceramic sculpture, textiles, light and sound to immerse the viewer within a comforting, dreamlike space.

Ravel – Hannah Highfield, undergraduate exhibitor — Gallery 3

Highfield challenges the idea of what crochet typically is, or has been, through the creation of five wearable pieces utilizing polymer clay and artificial leather.