Current Residents


February 2018

Jeneen Frei Njootli, Old Crow, YT
SOVA Artist in Residence

Jeneen Frei Njootli is a Vuntut Gwitchin artist and co-creator of the ReMatriate collective, based on unceded Coast Salish Territories in Vancouver. She is the recipient of the 2017 Contemporary Art Society of Vancouver Artist Prize.  Sound, performance, textiles, workshops and barbecues are some of the ways her practice takes shape. Jeneen recently screened her experimental short film, Being Skidoo in Haines Junction at the Da Kų Cultural Centre and at the Available Light Film Festival in Whitehorse.
During the residency, Jeneen is working on some sewing, textile and sound projects. The SOVA students will do two workshops with her where they learn to make contact microphones, which will result in some performative, amplified mark making with dremmels.
“I like to make my own microphones and have recently been into playing beadwork through contact mics, guitar pedals, and an amp. While I am here, I’m hoping to make some mitts and lil toddler moccasins, recording the sound through the process.”
Avalon Moore, Halifax, NS
Avalon Moore is a comics artist based out of unceded Mi’kmaq territory, in Halifax, Nova Scotia. Her webcomic, Born On A Tuesday, has been running with weekly updates since December 2012 (, and her graphic novel Between was released online between June 2016 and July 2017 ( Her master’s thesis research centres on the use of comics-making as a tool for personal storytelling and community building with queer youth. During her residency, Avalon is working on a collection of collage comics that tell the story of growing up alongside domestic abuse, and coming to terms with the complexity and ambiguity of human connection.