Amanda Isadore Apuksikn Amour-Lynx is a Mi’kmaq First Nations interdisciplinary artist, social worker and educator living in Toronto, Ontario, on Dish with One Spoon treaty territory. She was born and grew up in Tiotia:ke (Montreal). She is an OCAD University BFA student studying Drawing and Painting, minoring in Indigenous Visual Culture. Her work combines art and activism, focusing on Indigenous storywork and community-based approaches to explore healing trauma and collective truths. She incorporates spirituality, the occult and mysticism into her personal practice.
Ciel is an elusive catdeer who likes to bite, romance, and talk about symbols & personal myth. She is slowly venturing out of the wilds of liminal spaces to create works that are conversations between love and desire, personal mythology, decentralization, human rights, art, and technology. She uses storytelling, immersive installation, game design, and film to weave together visionary worlds where community interdependence, financial security, and blockchain technology support our human potential to the fullest. Ciel has performed and exhibited work in Winnipeg, Vancouver, and Toronto. She has been involved in everything from television production to immersive art installations. She has been a fan of crypto games since 2015 and is currently a curator for the international crypto arts organization Slothicorn, which rewards artists with cryptocurrency and educates them about blockchain technology. Ciel also co-created and helps maintain the CryptoKitties Wiki.
Lynx Sainte-Marie, Afro+Goth Poet, is a multidimensional artist, activist & educator of the Jamaican diaspora. A poet across mediums, Lynx utilizes multiple art forms – writing, performance, visual art, storytelling, multimedia art installation, short film and song – to engage national and international audiences around issues of identity, adversity, liberation, resiliency and survival at the intersection. They have presented, lectured and served as a keynote speaker at several colleges, universities, conferences and symposiums and have trained a plethora of individuals and organizations on various issues related to Black and marginalized communities. Their work has recently been showcased in Romania, The Netherlands, England and the United States. Their short film way home is featured in the 2018 WNDX Festival of Moving Image in Winnipeg, MB. For more on Lynx's .travels, visit http://lynxsaintemarie.com.
Jonathan Rollins is an assistant professor of English and Cultural Studies at Ryerson University. His primary areas of research focus on studies in sex, gender, and sexuality, as well as on narratives of diaspora and migration.
This project explores the issue of bi erasure through a series of five images in which the subject is partially erased. In each of these images, key information about the subjects portrayed has been eliminated through a decentring of individuals in the frame. As a result, the viewer’s eye is pushed out of the image toward what isn’t shown, opening a space for speculation on what has been erased. Because of that lacuna, any urge to categorize the identity of the subject definitively is frustrated and questions about the subject remain open-ended: who are we looking at? what is known about them? am I as a viewer attempting to fill in the gaps in my knowledge about these people in an essentializing or reductive way? The project looks at bi erasure from the context of Heidegger and Derrida’s work on text “under erasure” (sous rature) in so far as the images posit subjects who are simultaneously erased and yet still visible, if only in part or trace. It is also important to note that in each of the five images, the partially erased or decentred subjects interact with borders or boundaries; lines of some kind are featured prominently in each. This particular spatial aspect of the images foregrounds bi individuals’ complex and fluid relationship with figurative boundaries.
Claire Davis is a self-taught embroidery and textile artist that uses fabric, sewing and dye to visualize lived experiences of femme queerness, survivorship and activism. Claire's interest in embroidery started as an affordable way to make gifts for loved ones -- as she fell in love with the care required to stitch an image together millimeters at a time, embroidery became Claire's chosen medium. Claire is constantly taking in her environment and translating it to stitching. Incorporating found items, dyes and salvaged fabrics into her work builds context and sentimental relevance to pieces.
Birth of a Bisexual is a series of embroidery pieces depicting the joyful and trying experiences of being an out bisexual person. It explores the many facets of a bisexual identity using ties to unnecessarily politicized animals and images of resilience.
Alyssa Pisciotto is an emerging artist from LaSalle, Ontario. Now residing in Toronto. She graduated from OCAD University in 2016 with a Bachelor of Fine Arts, majoring in Drawing and Painting and minoring in Printmaking. Quilting Queer is a visual narrative. Bouncing between the ideas of fine art and craft, she has broken from this tradition and combined the two to create this work. The piece is made in a way that mimics traditional quilting methods but interrupts this tradition by placing it in the context of fine art. The quilt is no longer a practical, purpose-made object. Although life-size and creating a feeling of being enveloped for the viewer, this feeling will be metaphorical rather than physical. Quilting has a deep history of story telling, and many of these narratives fall within traditional views of history, women’s work, and family. Through creating a work that is her own personal narrative as a contemporary artist, she is breaking from that tradition. The use of paper scraps is her way of connecting her personal narrative to the work. Using leftovers from past projects or bits of things collected over the years allows her to place together patterns and colours in a way that emphasizes her personal taste.
Yahn Nemirovsky is a Toronto-based artist pursuing a BFA in Material Art & Design: Textiles at OCAD University, and working primarily in stitching, illustration and printed media. They are invested in a material and literary research of the narrative power of object art to demonstrate the craftsperson’s “making of body” by means of their labour, made palpable. Yahn’s work is driven by their body as a queer trans person in love, in intimacies, and eating whole raw vegetables on their walk to work. With great relish for two object realms in particular—those of zines and stitching samplers—they create objects which exist in the intersections of the fast, made-for-circulation ethos of much of zine culture, and the slow, one-of-a-kind making that is involved in much of domestic craft. At these intersections, a personal needlepoint piece is a comic to be shared, zines are soft and squishy, and works loom in and out of an awareness of BACK/FRONT, public/interior, and circulated/private.
Samantha Jones - Current work extends beyond the vessel of the body and into my surrounding habitat - the urban landscape of Toronto. I work mechanically to fill pages with two dimensional forms that are either synthetic or organic is aesthetic. They obliterate the space and disorient the viewers position of what they find familiar. Through their uncanniness they mock reality. The work stems from my own confusion with a landscape constantly in flux, and my growing anxiety of losing touch with reality as objects within grow, degrade, and ultimately disappear. They raise concern for my body as an object the landscape; that it may warp with the effects of time.