Vicki Clough Curates

Musings on art and life.

A Sense of Place: Next stop, Canada

There are very few things in life that make me want to consider putting ads and a “donate” button on my blog. (I’m not about to) My education is one of them. I’m lucky enough to be able to say that I’m about to embark on a dream I’ve had for a long time, in a country I fell in love with when first I went to work in a summer camp there in 2010. It’s just a pity that as an international student studying in Canada, I will be paying fees that are going to keep me in a financial straight jacket for some time to come. Anyway, it’s my dream to do my MFA in Curation, and it’s going to be 100% worth the financial struggle. I’m excited to be given the opportunity to go to a great school like OCAD University, the potential career paths that will be available to me when I’ve completed my course, as well as being able to work with amazing talents, like the three artist featured below.

Émilie Léger is an artist and a graphic design student based in Montreal, Quebec. Influenced by theatre, literature and writing, Émilie’s surrealist style digital art straddles the boundary between art and drama, with incredible texture and vibrant colour reminiscent  of stage costume. You can view more of her work on her Facebook and web pages.

Avoir la Douleur comme Esclave, mixed digital media, 2012

La Rêverie d’Anaelle, photomanipulation and digital drawing, 2011

Janice Wright Cheyney’s textile installations are really quite impressive. Her technique includes the recycling of various materials such as fur coats and museum boxes, which are then embroidered, knitted, dyed and reformed to create creatures from the natural world. The installations are a means to “examine the historical and cultural ideas that shape western understandings of the natural world.” as well as the human reaction to such creatures as rats and other vermin. You can view Janice’s artwork here.

Widow, 2012 wool, cochineal dye, velvet, taxidermy form, pins and wood 239 cm x 91.5 cm x 76 cm (image borrowed from http://www.designsoak.com)

Coy Wolves, 2010 textile over taxidermy forms, found fur and accessories (image borrowed from http://www.artgalleryofnovascotia.ca)

Bath, Ontario artist Matt Molloy’s time-lapse photographs have been a feature on both Artistaday.com and Designtaxi.com, in the last few days, and for good reason. It’s hard to believe that these images are not enhanced in any way; the clarity and colour of the cloud formations is phenomenal. Molloy takes a time-lapsed series of photographs and digitally lays the images over each other to create these stunning painterly sky-scapes. You can view Matt’s work on his webpage here and here.

As previously stated, none of the images above belong to me, and all link directly back to either the artist’s website, or to other articles on the artists.

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Vicki Clough

Vicki Clough

Vicki is an independent curator and craftsperson with a focus on socially engaged and participatory art and events. In January 2016 she helped launch Reconstructing Resilience, an ongoing research and curatorial project that aims to address the various forms of sustainable practice. She has been the Curatorial Director of Figment Toronto since 2014 and has also co-curated exhibitions including Move to Stillness, for the Harbourfront Centre's Kick Up Your Heels Festival (2015), The Duel, AGO First Thursdays (2014) and What Are You Made Of? OCAD U Graduate Gallery (2013). She initiated the Toronto based workshop model and website Polymers in Action: Socially Engaged Art and the Environment as part of her studies at OCAD University, where she obtained her Master of Fine Arts degree in Criticism and Curatorial Practice. She publishes on anything that interests her deeply and moves her to the point of lengthy verbal expression.

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