Exhibition runs January 12 – February 4, 2018.
Closing Reception: Saturday February 4, 2-4pm
Through the side, cross the garden and to the studio. Find your shelf, take seat, and make your self at home.
After almost six years of sharing a public studio/gallery space on Queen Street Graven Feather has moved to a private home studio at the end of 2016.
This exhibition features both works in progress and finished pieces of the 2017 artists-in-residence at Graven Feather Studio. Assisted by owner and studio technician, Pam Lobb, each artist worked self-directed way over a series of sessions. They either began new ideas or expanded upon bodies of work.
In this intimate setting, artists are invited to use the space and equipment to explore ideas and techniques. With both an etching press and several letterpresses at hand many artists choose to incorporate traditional printmaking practices, such as drypoint on metal plates or photopolymer relief plates, into their process.
Residencies and workshops are open both experienced printmakers and those interested learning. You can also register the upcoming Letterpress Workshop at ARTiculations March 17th or by going to www.gravenfeather.ca
Natalie Draz –
Natalie Draz is an cross-disciplinary artist who creates environments of exploration and transformation using interdisciplinary works. Using pop-up books, printmaking and installation, Natalie creates works to tell stories and narratives. Viewers are invited to engage firsthand, discovering pathways and hidden facets in her pop-up books.
Natalie creates works that immerse the viewer in her documentation and storytelling. Her worldview is accessed via visual narrative strategies of pop-up books, engaging installations, and intimate moments of discovery. Using printmaking and photography, she investigates the structures of books and anatomical studies as launching points to a new way of reading a very alternative book.
Dave Sheppard –
Dave Sheppard is an accomplished printmaker and painter, combines human and animal forms, creating images that are at times unsettling and fantastical. Sheppard typically explores the dark side of the human condition: as he himself says, his work relies on metaphors, narratives, and symbolism.
“Combining animal heads on human bodies, my artwork is a metaphorical examination of what it is to be human. The Anthropomorphic figures draw a parallel between the animal world and the human world. This allows the themes and emotions expressed throughout my art to be understood universally rather than specifically. Much like an Aesop Fable or native legend, Crow and Fox are simply stand- ins for me, you, or anyone.
With these ‘characters’ in place I choose to explore the more difficult and challenging aspects of being human. Themes involving grief, loss, fear, mental disorders, phobias and anxieties are but a few of many emotional and cognitive experiences that
we all as humans deal with at some point in, or throughout, our lives. ”
Dave Sheppard was born in Fort McMurray, Alberta, and moved to Bishop’s Falls Newfoundland at the age of five. He graduated from the Fine Arts program at Sir Wilfred Grenfell College in 2001, where he subsequently held two artist residencies. Dave was nominated for emerging artist of the year, and designed the Bishop’s Falls municipal town flag in 2000. Sheppard has exhibited his work in Canada, the United States, and Luxembourg. He has been awarded the Don Wright scholarship at St. Michael’s Printshop (2001) as well as a provincial Arts and Letters Award.
Julie Pasila –
Julie Pasila is a photographer & visual artist currently based in Toronto, Canada. She holds a Bachelor of Arts, Honours, in Studio Art, Art History & English Literature (University of Guelph), and a Master of Fine Arts in Documentary Media (Ryerson University).
Julie’s work has been shown throughout Canada, the United States and Europe in various exhibitions and festivals, including: Filter Photo Festival (Chicago, US), CONTACT International Photography Festival (Toronto, CA), Doc Now (Toronto, CA), Näkymä (Akaa, Finland) and Nuit Blanche (Toronto, CA). Julie has participated in artist residency programs in Italy (2017), Iceland (2014), Canada (2013) and Finland (2012).
Alexis Venerus –
An avid studier of things Alexis Venerus’ work is her endeavour to develop understandings to life’s many questions. She works to shed light on the history of what has led her to the emotions of the present. In developing visual relationships with highly emotive moments in her past she is able to compile and consider them. A constant attempt is made towards catharsis allowing the past to be worked through and its errors solved; each piece bringing her closer to the looming present.
Alexis has attended Ryerson University where she received a Bachelor of Design and OcadU Where she completed a Certificate in Art and Strudio Skills.
Pam Lobb –
After graduating from the University of Guelph in 2007, Pam Lobb spent five years as a studio assistant with printmaker, Tammy Ratcliff. In 2011, she co-founded Graven Feather Studio where is the owner and director. As a printmaker and letterpress instructor, Pam has exhibited nationally, won several awards including Best Artwork on Paper from the Toronto Outdoor Art Exhibition and attended residencies with Sparkbox in Picton, ON and the Vermont Studio Center in Johnson, VA. She is continuously exploring the intersection of printmaking and fibre arts.