Vivien’s expressive paintings and sculptures showcase her interest in the festivals, folklores, and hybrid cultures of Trinidad & Tobago while addressing how the history of slavery, indentured labour, and colonialism in the Caribbean are both critiqued and celebrated through a myriad of cultural expressions.
Vincent Chorabik (BFA 2020) explores environmentalism, LGBTQ+ identity, and pride/pleasure through their work. Blurring the line and teasing apart the relationship between ‘high’ and ‘low’ art, Vincent has shifted their process to become more eco-conscious, choosing to use found materials or digital collages in lieu of traditional materials.
The majority of her work now involves the integration of illustration with design, and as an interdisciplinary designer, she enjoys experimenting with photo documentation, layering, colours, patterning and typography.
Artists everywhere are adjusting the way they exhibit their work to accommodate social distancing and gallery closures. Alums Jennifer Brant (MFA 2018) and Jennifer Ireland (MFA 2017) are no exception. At the beginning of May, their exhibition at The New Gallery in Calgary, "In the long grass like the ocean, where the ocean used to be," has gone fully digital with timed releases of the artists’ work.
The Conscious Creative is a mindful and relevant guide for creative folks trying to balance living their values and earning a living. Small helps readers navigate the inevitable ethical transgressions of professional creative life with a lighthearted focus on intentionality about their impact.