For the months of June, July and August I worked alongside a group of fabulous artists at UBC Okanagan's inaugural artist in residence program. As part of this residency, we also exhibited our work at the Alternator Centre for Contemporary Art.
Curated by fellow painter and UBCO residency coordinator Katherine Pickering, it was such a pleasure to invite her into my studio to choose what to show.
While I've worked as a Curator myself for the last 4 years, curating your own work is a hard thing to do. As the artist who made the pieces, you're involved in a different story or narrative with each piece. You know how it felt to make it - Was is easy? Or was it a fight? Did it do what you set out to do? Did it surprise you and take a sudden turn? And all of this makes for less than clear decision making when it comes to exhibiting the work. You need a curator.
In the end, Katherine chose a series of my paperworks - some old, some new - and hung them in a salon / constellation kind of grouping.
It was a pleasure to share the space with Jeroen Witvliet's stark, dark small paintings in oil, Margo Yacheshyn's explorative drawings and wire sculptures of birds and Patrick Lundeen's cooky and colourful sculptural compositions.