Michéle Provost, Gatineau, QC
Born in Montreal, Michèle Provost is a long time resident of the Ottawa-Gatineau area, where she first studied and worked as a parliamentary translator, before digressing into visual arts. In recent years, her practice has been largely focused on our society’s relationship with culture. Her labour-intensive artwork, which encompasses various improvised media, is part of several private and public collections, including those of the Cities of Ottawa and Gatineau, the Canada Council Art Bank , Carleton University, and The Ottawa Art Gallery, and has been featured in numerous group and solo exhibitions, across Canada and abroad.
Science Fiction Double Feature (borrowing its title from The Rocky Horror Picture Show), involves the appropriation and reinterpretation of two cult science fiction films from the 70s, namely Soylent Green and Logan’s Run. Having much in common in terms of intrigue and social comment, the two films have often been paired as movie-theatre double-bills, as both are set in dystopic, ageist future societies. Their eerily precognitive scenarios struck me as a perfect model to explore the increasingly institutionalized art world, and how it affects individual artists.
In the months leading to this residency, I have been scrutinizing the two film scenarios and the more elaborate novels on which they were based, and now aim to reconstruct a pointed narrative, in comic book form, based on appropriated film stills, layered imagery, and abstracted text. Wish me luck.
In addition to this, as a take-away assignment, I am contemplating a side-project entitled Exhibit A / Evidence of art, based on the art and culture that can be found in Dawson City. My plan is to formulate my findings as a reflection on art-making away from the major centres. I would be grateful to all artists, working in any medium and any scope, who wish to make themselves known to me, so we can discuss this. Thanks.
Tamika Knutson, Dawson City, Yukon
Yukon School of Visual Arts Resident
Tamika Knutson is Tr’ondëk Hwëch’in First Nation from Dawson City, Yukon Territory. After completing the one year foundation program at Yukon School of Visual Arts in 2013, Tamika transferred to Nova Scotia College of Art and Design to further explore a variety of mediums and subjects in visual arts. Tamika earned her Bachelor of Fine Arts with a major in jewellery design and metalsmithing in April 2017. Her Current body of work is influenced by traditional First Nations craft.
Tamika will be teaching a workshop to the SOVA students about the basics of enamelling for jewellery and enamelling techniques.