Elizabeth McFalls : Member Q & A

“Yes, everything seems to have changed. At times, I feel that I have “lost” my identity as an independent person. My children’s needs come first and it's hard to remember what it felt like to have “free-time”. While this loss of part-of-my-identity can be seen as a negative, it can also be seen as a positive. Being a mother has taught me about myself: my limits, my potential, my stesses, how to do more with less time. This influences my work as I make work about the duality. The joy and the struggle. The sadness and humor. The good and the bad. The loss of time and the new experiences. It seems nothing is ever 100% and I think talking about those juxtapositions allows me to connect  with viewers on a more intimate level. “

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Olga Krasanova : Member Q & A

…..“The experience of motherhood brought up the subject for my work since I like making from my life observation. But one thing definitely changed my view it’s my breast. Nothing really prepared me for being a first-time Mum and the profound change it has had on me and my body image, before becoming a mother I worried about how I looked. Was I the right shape and size, was I attractive enough? I now realise none of that matters. My body is now a bed, a soothing space, a safe space and a source of food.”

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Gwen Charles : Member Q & A

“….I decided that that I must work in the studio every day. At the same time I made commitment to my self care. Each day I make sure to do something for myself as well as something for my studio practice. I spend some time researching and reading, writing, visiting galleries and museums, viewing contemporary dance, watching films. Each week i spend time writing label copy for my works. I use instagram as a daily digital sketchbook, noting what I’m working on and what I am interested in.”

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#Boobsmakefood - A participatory project by Sarah Irvin

#boobsmakefood is a participatory project by Sarah Irvin that provides a tool for considering breastfeeding from the perspective of food production and consumption. This sticker features nutrition facts for breast milk. Any lactating human can place the sticker on their bodies or clothing in a location visible while feeding their child in order to accurately and publicly contextualize themselves as part of their local food system.

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Kamee Abrahamian : Member Q & A

I currently live in Prince Edward County, Ontario (rural area between Toronto and Montreal) with my partner, our little human, and a 17-pound black cat. I was born into an Armenian family from Lebanon/Syria and grew up (mostly) in an immigrant suburb of Toronto, although I lived in different parts of the world throughout my life (Canada, US, Egypt, Armenia). I am an interdisciplinary artist, producer, maker, writer, student and educator. My work spans across dance, theatre, visual and digital art, film and video, transmedia, various forms of writing, and immersive installation.

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Xaverine Bates : Member Q & A

Xaverine Bates gives us an insight into her life as an interdisciplinary artist, writer and mother in the latest of our member features. Xaverine shares how her art practice has become a vital component in understanding and living with bipolar disorder, in turn, her work explores and represents the power that creativity can have on mental health journeys.

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JOETTA MAUE : MEMBER Q & A

In the latest of our artist Q & A’s, Joetta Maue shares her creative process, how motherhood has impacted her everyday life and work (she gets A LOT done in one day!) and her hope that the invisible labour of women can become visible through talking, sharing and making art.

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