Studios

Studios

Studios

We are excited to partner with AKA during this time of Covid to turn our shared Event Space and Apollo Room into free artist studios!

These are a few of the dynamic artists thinking, planning, and making in AKA and PAVED Arts shared spaces.


Éveline Boudreau
Based in Saskatoon, I work with a variety of media and art forms – see my web site at https://evelineboudreau.com. In recent years I have concentrated on conceptual and performance art, including personal attendance and performance at the annual International Arts in Society Conferences in Rome, London, Los Angeles, Vancouver and Paris; followed by online attendance since 2019.  I started an Instagram project “Silence, femmes…” on March 8th 2021, International Women’s Day. It aimed to make us more aware of violence against women, and the unfortunate silencing of those women. I posted two symbolic photos each week – a main “performance” photo of me, a second one related to it, and text extracts or references relating to violence against women. I included a third weekly photo of special clouds (relax, please!). Unfortunately, after running successfully for 51 weeks, only a few days before International Women’s Day this year, the whole project suddenly disappeared from Instagram! Presumably due to some technical malfunction, it showed how ephemeral we and our on-line activities can be – but not our ideas and our convictions. I still have my archive of the photos and the texts to go with them…

I am delighted to have studio space at PAVED and AKA, during the last two weeks of March as an opportunity to workshop my current project – a video. In August 2019, I was shocked when American President Trump declared war on “illegal migrants”. That struck a nerve in me because my people, the Acadians, had suffered the infamous 1755 deportations from Atlantic Canada. Although scattered as forced migrants, some survived to return to their homeland. In August 2019 they were having “retrouvailles”, their quinquennial homecoming celebration. I had participated in those events in previous years but was unable to go in 2019, recovering from a serious Dec. 24, 2018 brain surgery. However, in response to Trump, I did a local performance in September 2019, “Résilience”. Over the past two years I developed those ideas into a 33 minute video “Regard vers l’avenir – Mon année 2019” = “Looking to the future – My Year of 2019”. It is a tribute and thank you to the medical professionals and my friends. I will show and discuss this video to small groups of invited guests in a series of separate sessions. How did I overcome challenges? Regain optimism? Survive? Come see!

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Jasmin Fookes (she/her/hers)
I am an interdisciplinary artist residing on Treaty 6 territory in Saskatoon. Intuition is the catalyst for the diverse assortment of materials I collect and organize trusting that a deeper camaraderie will emerge over time. I am energized by natural materials such as bygone blossoms and foliage, seed pods, and fallen nests spotted in urban green spaces by virtue of chance encounters. Additionally, I have amassed a collection of commonly undervalued, mass-produced objects reminiscent of my own everyday experiences, and wonderings such as antiquated nails, springs, deconstructed boxes, and glass bottles. I wish to cultivate a sense of wonder through the installation of these collections and excite new ideations by shifting their commonly accepted contexts. What is it that makes one thing ordinary and another extraordinary? This work revitalises in me a sense of wonder for the world we live in, its beauty, fragility, and complexity and the urgency of caring for it.

My time at AKA/PAVED represents the first phase of project that will result in a portable cabinet of curiosities from a repurposed structure to house diverse assortments of my locally collected and altered natural materials and mass-produced objects. In this first phase I will be making and altering models of potential alternative viewing spaces – ice fishing shack, chicken coup, garden shed, pop-up camper, or van for example. More information is on my website // https://www.jasminfookes.com/now
@jasminfookes.art

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Karen Polowick holds a BFA in studio art from the University of Saskatchewan, and she continues to live and work in Saskatoon. Past works exhibited include painting, Super 8 film, and installation. Her current practice centers primarily around drawing and analogue photography, and it’s the photography side of things that she will be concentrating on during her time in PAVED’s Apollo Room.

While at PAVED for the month of February, Karen plans to experiment with alternative darkroom printing practices.  As well, she will further explore various hand-processing techniques for film which she encountered during a residency at Artscape Gibraltar Point, Toronto Island.

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Betsy Rosenwald is a Saskatoon-based visual artist whose work incorporates a variety of media, including wax, oil, drawing, and photography. Her collaborative installation with Dawna Rose, Journal of the Plague Year, was on view in February 2021 at 330g Projects in Saskatoon. A series of political paintings on post-consumer waste, the project began in 2020 as an urgent response to the political and social chaos wrought by Covid-19 and the Trump presidency. 

Most recently, her work has been featured in the Spring 2021 issue of Grain magazine, and in the online exhibition Word, as part of the Easton (PA) Book Festival. Her paintings have been widely exhibited throughout the US, Canada, and internationally, and are represented in the collections of SK Arts and the Canada Council Art Bank. She has received funding support and artist residencies from SK Arts, Canada Council for the Arts, New York Foundation for the Arts, Art Matters Foundation (NY), Artscape Gibra­ltar Point (Toronto), Klondike Institute for Art and Culture (Dawson City, YT), Emma Lake Artist/Writers Retreat and the MacDowell Colony (NH).

Born in Boston, she moved to New York City to complete an MFA at Brooklyn College. Her early work is associated with the East Village art scene in New York City, where it was represented by Civilian Warfare Gallery. Her work is currently represented by The Gallery/Art Placement, Saskatoon.

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Dawna Rose lives and works in Saskatoon. She uses a wide variety of media and materials in her artwork and is currently concentrating on painting in oils and gouache.

Dawna completed an MFA at the University of Saskatchewan and has received grants from the Saskatchewan Arts board and the Canada Council for the arts. She has attended numerous art residencies in Iceland, Vermont, Banff, Toronto and Eastend. Most recently she has collaborated with Betsy Rosenwald on their exhibition Journal of the Plague Year which she will be working on while in residence at AKA.

Her last project was a site specific installation of 2.9 Billion Birds Gone which can be seen on Sasktel Local on Demand or on YouTube.

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Gabriela García-Luna is a photo-based multimedia artist who has lived and worked in Mexico, India, and Canada, exhibiting her work in various countries. Gabriela was born in Mexico City. In 2009, she moved to Saskatchewan, where she actually lives. She holds a degree in Graphic Design and Communication from the Universidad Autónoma Metropolitana, Mexico (1986) and a Masters in Fine Arts Degree from the University of Saskatchewan, Canada (2020).

Her work investigates the connections and tensions between different natural and constructed spaces, those in the world and in the realm of imagination. Her photo-based multidisciplinary practice relates to the experience of anticipation of what is constantly being transformed I the ongoing cycle of destruction and creation. Her work includes two dimensional, sculpture, video and installation.

PAVED/AKA STUDIO PROJECT
During my time at Paved and AKA studio space I plan to continue working on Ask the River and Breath, two ongoing projects inspired by the resilience and harmony that nature holds in a time when its ecosystems are endangered. Personal experiences and observations and records of the Saskatchewan River and surroundings are the base materials to produce multimedia works that speak of the cycles of our life systems.  The space and facilities at Paved and AKA will allow me to work and expand my explorations of sound/video and installation work as well as the scale of my two dimensional work – for which I am very grateful.

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Carey Shaw (she/her) is a photographer of settler ancestry based out of Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Treaty 6. With a BFA from the Alberta College of Art & Design in 2001, her photography work focuses on portraits, relationships, memories and safety. Carey has worked as an Artist in Residence with the Saskatchewan Arts Board and community arts educator and artistic coordinator with the MacKenzie Art Gallery and Common Weal Community Arts. They have taught photography and traditional darkroom practices with PAVED Arts, the City of Regina and the University of Saskatchewan and Regina Continuing Education programs. Carey currently sits on the Board of Directors of BlackFlash Magazine.

Further explore her practice on her website.

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JingLu Zhao // After I got my MFA degrees from China and Japan, I taught Visual Art at ChengDu University in  China for a few years until I decided to move to Canada in 2013. For the past eight years I have  focused my energy on raising my three children. After my youngest getting older, I start to have some time for myself to paint.I realized the experience of raising children with cross-cultural  communication is also an extension of the central theme of my paintings. 

My art explores the relationship among me and my children as we grow, play, and discover the  world with our identity. I create acrylic/oil paintings that combine figuration and landscape and  images from my children’s Chinese and First Nations heritage and further develop my style,  skill, and concepts. I want to create this work to become an active, professional artist in my  community of Saskatchewan and greater Canada.

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Zac Morgan is an independent artist living a multi-hyphenate’s dream in Saskatoon, SK. Some favourite projects include HAIRSPRAY (Choreographer, Vocal Coach), LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS (Marketing & PR), and HEDWIG AND THE ANGRY INCH (Director/Hedwig).

As a director/producer, Zac’s work has been featured locally in the Saskatoon Star Phoenix, and on CBC News. During 2020, an obviously difficult year for many, Zac fought hard to create and trail-blaze during a time when so many felt discouraged. He produced a series of online musical revue’s entitled ‘Musical Mondays’ that featured a variety of Saskatoon performers belting out show tunes on Monday nights. After the success of several online shows, and pub shows, Zac became one of the founding members of Sparrow Theatre Company. He produced and directed Sparrow’s inaugural show A KILLER PARTY. 

As an artist, Zac has worked professionally as a graphic designer and brand consultant for over 12 years. After graduating from Saskatchewan Polytechnic’s New Media Communications program, he began working at a sign shop, and spent years honing his craft before relocating from Yorkton to Saskatoon to work on bigger projects.

PAVED/AKA STUDIO PROJECT
During my time in the studio, I will revive my 2018 production of Hedwig and the Angry Inch (which I self-produced in Yorkton) for Saskatoon audiences. This revival brings opportunity for queer and non-queer Saskatoon artists to bring the story to life. Hedwig and the Angry Inch is a rock musical that explores love, gender, and finding your self-identity — which as a queer artist, is something that is important for me to share with Saskatoon audiences. // www.sparrowtheatre.ca

 

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