January 10, 2018
The last few months have been a whirlwind for me leading up to marriage and settling down into a new place. I apologize for the lack of work and updates.
In my time off, I have been constantly reflecting on my spirituality and the relationship it has to my artwork. My Inkblot series was about becoming more confident in myself as I live with partial blindness and sharing my experience of blindness with others through experimenting with abstraction. When I became blind in one eye, I was three years old and a fever-like virus infected me which also infected both eyes until they were bloodshot. One eye healed and the other has a scar. Since then I've adapted to seeing only with my left eye. I keep thinking I could have been blind in both eyes, but I believe God healed me. This series was a subtle reflection of God miraculously healing me physically and emotionally. Recently, I have been wanting to share my relationship with God in a more visible way. I feel like I owe it to Him.
For those who have not seen my video for Landmarks 2017, here it is. It's been an important transition for me from expanding my artistic practice into a spiritual way of communication.
July 27, 2017
I've been thinking about my current home recently. I've lived in one place, in the country, all my life. I'm getting married in November, and it's starting to dawn on me that I'll be leaving this home. I've made so many memories at this home. It feels safe, but right now I don't know where I'll be living in the near future. I'm planning on making intimate work that memorializes the memories I have at this home and the feelings I have about marriage and for the future.
Landmarks 2017 Exhibition
June 17, 2017
Landmarks 2017 has been an amazing opportunity to motivate myself into making art again after graduating from my undergrad. It's given me the chance to try new media and bring it in the context of what a landmark means for Canada. I've been wanting to encourage a spiritual encounter and relationship to the land with the work I created for this project. Next Saturday, June 24th, I will be performing on a hike through Rouge National Urban Park. If you'd like to check out what other artists are doing for this national project, check out the website below. I hope to see new and familiar faces!
May 24, 2017
The Art and Art History program at Sheridan College has established a special topics course called Landmarks 2017, a course where a few students from a number of undergraduate and graduate schools across Canada are involved in celebrating Canada's 150th anniversary by making artwork. Our class work will first be shown at the Sheridan College gallery and then, starting June 10th, at Rouge Urban National Park and Thousand Islands National Park. Please check out the show as we celebrate Canadian-made artwork that comments on our relationship to this land.
March 25, 2017
I've made some good progress on my little project for Landmarks 2017! I CNC cut a coin-operated machine and sanded it down so it's super smooth. I also nailed a box to the back for a tablet to sit inside, which will show a stop-motion animation. I'm still dealing with the concept of blindness but in a more spiritual context involving nature. Very different from my previous work aesthetically, but I feel like the themes are still quite relevant.
The Sheridan College gallery is showing our projects from May 19th to June 2nd. The official dates for Landmarks 2017 in the National Parks are from June 10th to the 25th, with the opening being on the 21st. This piece will be located at the newest park, Rouge Urban National Park.
January 20, 2017
I have been very busy for the last little while and now I can finally bring good news! I have finished my latest project, a commission for a family in Georgetown, and it's ready to move out of my house soon. It's a work expanding on my series of Inkblots but in a larger and rectangular scale. Like my previous work, the painting is based on a photo I took of tree patterns on dried bark with a macro view. Really pleased with how it turned out and I'm looking forward to creating more.
Why Do You Create?
November 21, 2016
Visual Arts Mississauga chose Inkblot No. 7 for their exhibition Why do you create?. I need your help by voting for my piece on social media. You can also pop by for the opening on November 25 from 6-8:30. There will also be Cuban-Canadian artist, Agustin Rolando Rojas, giving a drypoint demo along with the show. Hope to see you there, and please vote for me!
Legacy Wine Bottle Launched
November 21, 2016
The Magnotta Legacy wine bottle featuring Topography III
has now been launched at their locations in Ontario. Here's some information on the wine:
November 7, 2016
My next show will be at Mills Hardware in downtown Hamilton. Come drop in for the opening on November 11 for the Hamilton art crawl. I'll be sticking around from 7-11pm.
If you're interested in checking the place out have a look at the website and see when Mills is open for their events. It's usually open for art crawl. Have a peek while my work is still up!
Landmarks 2017 Blog
October 21, 2016
My Landmarks 2017 class has been keeping up with a blog about our researching adventures and projects. Have a gander at the wonders of our inspirations:
October 15, 2016
I went to Rouge Park with my Landmarks class the other day for a field study as part of our research for the course and I found that there were many built homes for animals, like man-made ponds, birdhouses, bee hotels, etc., as well as naturally built homes in the landscape. It made me think of settlement and establishment in relation to the development of Canada when settlers would come over from Europe. These homes were built to encourage population growth and community within each species. However, invasive species like the Emerald Ash Borer, would take over ash trees for example. These ideas are still brewing in my head as I'm still in the process of making connections and relating them to creating an artwork.
Hamilton Spec Article
October 1, 2016
I had the opportunity to have a small interview with Regina Haggo, writer for the arts in Hamilton, for an article about the Magnotta wine bottle contest in the Hamilton Spectator. So thankful I had the chance to share my practice with a wider audience. Here's the link to the article:
September 13, 2016
Hey there! Just got a new Instagram account! I know, its about time. Follow me @ olivetreeonthemount.
September 10, 2016
The time for Supercrawl has come! So many great exhibitions, musicians, and vendors showing off some creative vibes. So thrilled that the festival gives artists a chance to expose their love for making art. If you're in Hamilton this weekend make sure you swing by the Mulberry Cafe to check out my work! It's hanging there till the end of September
Check out the Mulberry Cafe website: http://www.mulberrycoffeehouse.com/art/
Featured Artist on Magnotta Bottle
August 30, 2016
I feel so honoured to be chosen as the featured emerging artist on the new Magnotta wine bottle coming this November. I met Rossana Magnotta on the evening of the awards ceremony. She was kind enough to support emerging artists who have just graduated to help launch their careers. Topography III had that relationship to land in which the wine was grown, as well as the personality and taste of this new wine blend. I will be joining Rossana for the signing of the new bottle in November! Can't believe that just happened!
August 14, 2016
My friends and I set up a table for art crawl in Hamilton last Friday to share what we like to create. I had a great time talking to people passing by. If you haven't gone to an art crawl yet, I strongly encourage going. It happens every second Friday of every month. Supercrawl is next month from the 9th to the 11th. Check it out!
Magnotta Art Competition
August 7, 2016
So, just a few days ago, I received an email from Magnotta Vaughan regarding the art competition that they are holding at the end of the month. I found out that I was shortlisted for the competition! The winning artwork will be displayed on their wine bottles and the artist will receive a prize. The winner will be announced on August 25th so I will keep you posted on what happens there.
Red Door Gallery
August 7, 2016
My very talented co-worker, Shannon Taylor-Jones, and I just planned an exhibit at the Red Door Gallery in Georgetown that will run till August 24th. Seeing the work compliment each other as it was being installed made this experience worth while and I'm really excited to hear what the public thinks. The opening is coming up on Thursday, August 11, from 6-8pm.
McMaster Innovation Park
August 7, 2016
I'm currently showing Inkblot No. 1
and Inkblot No. 5
at the McMaster Innovation Park in Hamilton till November 2. I found out that my high school art teacher, Erna de Vries, is featuring there as well! Check it out if you're in the area.
August 7, 2016
Welcome to my new and improved site! I'm going to be keeping you updated with new projects, commissions, exhibits, etc. right here. Thank you to all who have been encouraging and supporting me to do this and to all the admirers of my work. If you have any questions about me or my work please don't hesitate to shoot me an email!