White Rabbit Arts Residency 2018
White Rabbit Arts Residency: August 16-23, 2018
White Rabbit Arts Festival: August 25-26, 2018
White Rabbit is a 7-day interdisciplinary residency set in a rural landscape on the edge of the Bay of Fundy in Economy, Nova Scotia. The residency is process focussed, encouraging artists to create work that is responsive to their environment. During the week-long residency, participants work with their initial idea as a malleable, living thing, and allow it to take shape as they engage with the Red Clay landscape. Residents are free to wander through orchards, stream beds, tall forests, hills, meadows, and shorelines and to make their work in whichever location they are most drawn to.
White Rabbit is delighted to welcome all our 2018 Rabbits!
Gillian Dykeman is a multidisciplinary artist, writer, and critic. Dykeman uses performance, video, sculpture, writing, bookworts, sound, installation, and paintings (sometimes all at once) to craft intersectional feminist environments and narratives for her audiences. Dykeman’s most recent work, Revolution Revolution, uses group fitness as a platform for participatory performance. Dykeman’s classes focus the energy of participants away from themselves and into the latent radical potential of the active collective.
Dykeman’s critical work includes art reviews and interviews both written and in broadcast form. She is the host and producer of Working it Out: The ArtSlant Podcast, Pierogi Night Art Radio, and writes freelance art reviews and essays. Dykeman’s day job is to direct ArtsLink New
Brunswick, a province-wide multidisciplinary artists association, as well as instructing in the LEAP program at NBCCD. Dykeman loves to teach, mentor, and share ideas. Dykeman has a Masters in Visual Culture from the University of Toronto (2016), and a BFA from NSCAD (2010). She’s participated in residencies across including White Rabbit (2011). Her work has been exhibited and screened in commercial and university galleries, exercise studios, artist run centres and spaces, a rare book library, and a geodesic dome.
A heavy improviser, working with whatever feels correct in my hands.
That process feels like filtering my environment into the subconscious, and then letting it out intuitively, before thoughts get in the way.
Growth, Decay, Flow, Audio becomes Visual, the languages before words. We are always here — I'm circling the East Coast, looking for a spot to land.
Cassie is an artist who is involved with writing in several disciplines including article writing, copywriting and poetry.
She currently writes for local grassroots sustainability organizations such as Terra Perma, Solution Era and Valhalla Movement, and contributes and edits for Barefoot College.
Also involved with sculpture, she prefers to work with natural building materials, especially wood and stone.
Her background is in Plant Science and Fine Arts, which she embarked on at the University of Guelph.
Danielle Harris is a sculptor who is based out of Halifax Ns. Currently at NSCAD University, majoring in Ceramics and minoring in textiles. She is interested in examining the human form and how it relates to trauma using a wide variety of materials. Focusing on the audience to interact and create a narrative with the work.
"art is meant it be felt, not just emotionally but physically."
Devin Horsman is a multidisciplinary artist from Halifax, Nova Scotia. He is the Chief Technical Officer for Arcturus, an immersive studio with offices in Halifax and Los Angeles. Devin’s work centers around metaphor for social processes through applications of mathematics and computer science. He is fascinated with the emergence of complex systems through the unorthodox combination of simple, ordered parts.
Jolee (Jo) Smith is an interdisciplinary artist and art history student living in K'jipuktuk (Halifax, Nova Scotia). They hold a BFA Interdisciplinary (specializing in jewellery design/metalsmithing and sculpture), and a BA in Art History from NSCAD University. In September 2018, they will move to Montréal to begin a Masters of Art History at Concordia University, focusing on modern and contemporary art, especially as this relates to queer, aesthetic, and critical theory.
Together, Jo and Devin approach sculptural through process; relying on local and embodied knowledge in the form of existent technical skills, awareness of our environment, and prior experiences working together.
Born in small town near Toronto Ontario, Emily studied at OCAD University for a degree in Integrated Media with an interest for sound & video art. Although she considers sound & video an inspiration for her work, she developed a longing for a medium more intimate and personal. Eventually moving to Halifax, Emily discovered a deep love for the tactile, tangible and narrative qualities of craft. She is finishing her BFA at NSCAD University, with a degree in interdisciplinary arts and is drawn to mediums such textiles, ceramics, soft sculpture, sound/video installation and written poetry. Emily’s work often surrounds concepts of love & queerness, bodily trauma, feminine sacrifice & transcendence, resiliency & survival. With a deep curiosity in our physical and spiritual dis/connection with our bodies and our innate ability to preserve bodily memories, she celebrates our embodied knowledge(s) by acknowledging trauma as a guide, rather than something that hinders our growth.
Fanny Basque is a multidisciplinary artist who is originally from the Acadian peninsula NB but spent 10 years in Montreal where she completed her studies in Fine Arts in photography & studio art at Concordia University. Aside from academic endeavours, a powerful wanderlust has lead her on many adventures around this earth. In the spring of 2017 she decided to leave the metropolis to live closer to nature in Gaspésie, where she is currently residing and creating.
Gwen is an eco-artist who honours and celebrates the natural world through her waterscapes of oceans, rivers, and watersheds and her visual chronicles of the forest and forest floor. After completing her BFA and an MA in Educational Technology, Gwen lived and worked as an educator in the Canadian Arctic for many years. She became known for her meticulous drawings and paintings of the tundra underfoot, work that honed her skills as a careful observer of the natural world.
All eco-systems are complex. Gwen’s work draws the viewer to break down that complexity. She invites us to focus the gaze on all aspects of the system, from the movements of the sun and moon and the effects of seasonal variation to the smallest plant.
Hennah Verhoeven is queer textile and tattoo artist. Born a scrappy prairie kid yet drawn to coastlines, she now lives in Halifax and is completing her final year at NSCAD for textiles and fashion. Constantly swept up in a whirlwind she is inspired by seasons and feelings, places and bodies, and lines and colours. With a love for mending and repuposing her work is driven by sustainability and giving new life to second hand objects and materials. Her work is process and narrative based, filling notebooks with sketches, poems, samples and field notes, the final piece is only ever a stepping stone in the search for more knowledge, experience and ideas.
Katrina Craig an emerging maritime artist currently residing in Winnipeg Manitoba. Craig's work explores hidden lives, vulnerability, heartbreak and how they relate to our bodies and our physical spaces. Craig received a BFA from NSCAD University in Halifax, Nova Scotia with a concentration in Textiles. Her work has a focus on process, often using alternate materials integrated with traditional textiles processes.
Having moved to Atlantic Canada in 2012 to complete an Interdisciplinary BFA at NSCAD University, Lux found herself drawn to the intimate narrative potential in tactile craft processes, due to their highly political nature as a domestic, feminine and often undervalued form of production. Inspired by her mixed racial and cultural identity, Lux externalizes intense internal grievances, to open up collective issues and qualities of larger community struggle to receive moments of healing and empowerment.
Maddie McNeely lives in Montreal in the cold months of the year and in the warm season works in forestry in British Columbia. Her practice is based in woven textiles, sculpture and video, focusing on handmade processes, pattern based repeated actions and unusual utility. She holds an Interdisciplinary degree from NSCAD and studied at King’s College. She travels, builds things and does other stuff too.
Polina Teif is a multidisciplinary artist, photographer and filmmaker. She received her BFA from the University of Toronto with emphasis on Visual Studies and Semiotics and currently completing a Master's in Film Production with interest in experimental and documentary practices.
In her art practice, Sarah Nordean focuses on rhythm and its relationships with obsession, time, and place. She looks beyond spectacle toward the rhythm of seemingly mundane or insignificant actions and ways of making art using repetition and serialization, repetitive mark-making, everyday sounds, and simple materials. Recent projects include Water-witching for Wanderers and Wonderers, a commission through The City of Calgary's Public Art Program (2016-17, in collaboration with artist Alana Bartol), the Carmichael Canadian Landscape Exhibition at the Orillia Museum of Art and History in Ontario (2016), a solo exhibition at Arts Commons in Calgary, Alberta (2015), and The Istanbul Design Biennial in Turkey (2014). Sarah holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the Alberta College of Art and Design (2009), and a Master of Fine Arts from Emily Carr University (2014). She lives in Calgary, Alberta and teaches drawing at the Alberta College of Art and Design.
From BC, she’s sweet and kind. Really good at art work. And never gives up. Also plays roller derby (important). In 2017, she met an eight year old girl who is writing this story right now. She likes exploring! Has so much great art! She went to NSCAD last year. And her friends (me) were impressed. After the crazy NSCAD party she and her friends went down stairs to break pots.