Hello 2016! (Insert Catchy Title)

First post of the year, finally! I want to wish a happy and healthy 2016 to all! The new years positivity is palpable. Thank you so much to everyone who supported me through a rollercoaster ride of 2015. It was a tumultuous but maturing year if nothing else. The New Year has already brought new and marvelous news. I will have the pleasure of presenting a solo exhibition at Museu Nacional de História Natural e da Ciência in late 2016.  The dates are still to be determined but I absolutely can’t wait for the opportunity. It has given me the push I need to get through a bit of an artistic dry spell.  It is hard to remember sometimes that nothing flowers all year round; there is a time to sow and a time to reap.

I am also getting geared up for another residency in Iceland in March and April. This time I will be going for TWO FULL MONTHS. Wow. I’m enthusiastic, but also a bit nervous about taking such a long period of time away from the faculty. I think that I will use the period to focus on my thesis research and do some mold making and writing. A period of intense introspection, ignited by solitude, a change of landscape and a sprinkle of loneliness, can only lead to good things.

Now for the most important part of my post: I want to say THANK YOU to my partner in crime, my rock and the leader of the Carissa fan club for nominating me for the ACAD Alumni Awards. I am honoured that because of your belief in me I have received the ACAD Alumni Horizon Award and the TD Insurance Meloche Monnex Career Award for Alumni.  Unfortunately I will not be able to attend the award ceremony myself on March 31st, but my super awesome cool guy artist brother will be there to accept the award for me! Thank you The Alberta College of Art and Design for the recognition and for providing such amazing support and resources to their students and alumni.

That was a bit long winded but so much is new! Have a look, while you listen, at some of the things I have been up to lately, including many in-process shots and a few too many cell phone photos.  I wish you all a relaxed, happy and healthful new year……... See you soon.