We are excited to introduce the three participants in Xpace’s 2015 summer residency for graduating OCADU students! This group will spend two weeks at Artscape Gilbraltar Point in August. Each artist will be featured in a solo exhibition in one of our spaces in September; the writer will write accompanying essays for each exhibition.
As a curator and art historian, Geneviève Wallen is interested in issues of ethnocultural representational spaces. She believes that the inner workings of cultural consciousness not only affect daily experiences, but also shape how individuals perceive themselves and how they perform their social interactions. Geneviève is a candidate in the Criticism and Curatorial Practice program at OCAD University (2015) and holds a BFA in Art History from Concordia University in Montreal (2012). She recently curated the exhibition There Is Always More than What We Perceive (2015) featuring the works of Michèle Pearson Clarke, Abdi Osman, and Natalie Wood.
Nyssa Komorowski’s interdisciplinary art practice is varied extensively in medium and includes print, publication, performance, photography, music, poetry, collage, sculpture and installation, and more. Her practice has two distinct outcomes: public or social engagement, and personal healing. She uses self- portraits and made or found symbolic objects to express and explore memories and emotions of trauma.
Working with a variety of materials, combined with carnivalesque sensibilities and satirical attitudes, Katie Morton’s work uproots constraints of societal norms to portray multidimensional empowered and empowering women. Morton utilizes personal experience and play to reposition the subject and self in idealized or nonsensical settings.