The Artists

Lynn Harrigan

Lynn Harrigan is a fiber artist, poet, and teacher. Following the publication of her verse novel, Moon Sea Crossing (Black Moss Press, 2005), Lynn began to explore visual modes of poetic expression. Initial experiments with textiles ignited an obsession with embroidery, which soon became the focus of her artistic practice. Lynn’s online portfolio is available at:
Scott M2 and Lynn Harrigan

Scott M2

Scott M2 is the founder of electronic soundscape project dreamSTATE and a curator of THE AMBiENT PiNG live music series. Deeply rooted in the concepts of ambient music, Scott has initiated a series of investigations into the possibilities of ambient film and related multimedia to induce a slower, subtler relationship with time. His latest projects include Muse Concrète photography/multimedia, including the Cloud Painting series, and Oblique Poetries wordsoundart with Lynn Harrigan.

Simone Collins

Simone Collins was born in Toronto, ALMOST on Friday the 13th, and ALMOST in room 666. She had a relatively uneventful childhood, and typical teen years.

She graduated from Queen’s University with a Bachelor of Fine Arts Honors degree in 2009. Her graduating show consisted of small found object sculptures, as well as silk screen prints with mixed media collage elements. She used these disciplines to explore themes of dream imagery and surrealism.

In the summer of 2009, she was enrolled in the Toronto School of Art Summer Residency program. She developed a number of paintings entitled “The Alphabet of Albino Animals” which was a satirical learning tool for children. Several paintings were also created at the time, as a continuation of her explorations within her graduating show.

She is currently interning at Propeller Centre for the Visual Arts. This summer her work will be shown in 6 shows! (A point of great pride.)

Her major artistic influences include Joseph Cornell, David Altmedj, and director Tarsem Singh.

Sarah Waldman-Engel

For as long as I can remember I have been expressing myself creatively; there was never a time before my love for art.

I grew up with minimal academic pressure from my parents. My mother is a glass artist, but she has always been playing with new techniques and materials. It is only now that I realize how much this has impacted my own work, and how much credit I owe her.

Straight after graduating I went into the Fine Art Studio program at Centennial College. I first started to experiment with what I could use as paint in the fall of 2008. I tried to extract my own pigments from organic things, and paint with natural inks (both squid and cuttlefish ink); I painted with pre spun wool fibers, and old paper pallets and bits of the newspaper.

I had been knitting a lot in my spare time, mostly just for something to do. I then became interested in crocheting because of the freedom and sculptural qualities it possesses; this was the next step in my exploration or media. My grandmother taught me as much as she could about the art, but other then that I am self-taught.

During the summer of 2009, between my second and third semester of college I spend countless hours perfecting my skill and understanding the technicalities of crocheting. By the end of the summer I had created my first crocheted painting. Since then I have not stopped crocheting at all.

Ali Sztepa

I grew up in Ottawa. I had a lot of friends. We partied all the time, we all went to raves. This had an effect on me, helped me learn to love and see the world through a multi-coloured lens. And even though that multi-coloured lens was full of dirt, I still saw beauty. And I still see beauty, all around us.

‘Stop and smell the roses’ is my favourite saying in the English language. ‘Free’ is my favourite word in the English language. These two oft used terms I fuse into my JART practice. I find things on the ground, the most fantastic things, things that are dirty, things that are perfectly good, and I make these things into other things. I don’t manipulate them much, I let the things I find speak for themselves.

I moved to Toronto in February 2010, and I love it here. There is so much going on here and there are so many cool new people to meet. I hope that we can be great friends in this life and the next.

Kye Marshall

Kye Marshall, cellist, composer and music psychotherapist brings to her photography her experience and discipline as a professional musician. Her compositional skills with colour, rhythm, line and form influence her photographs. She plays with elements such as visual figure/ground as they relate to the musical soloist/accompaniment.

As an improviser, Marshall plays/photographs very spontaneously, very much in the moment. She then manipulates that material creating a musical score or a photo-shopped image. Tape loops create multiple exposures; sharpening adds reverb.

As a psychotherapist, she uses music to express the vast domain of the inner self that is not accessible to language and never can be. Marshall extends this philosophy to photography which she also views as a domain of personal expression. In her images she explores the relationship between the visible, the spiritual and the symbolic. Images derived from nature and elsewhere become metaphors for the unconscious, and lead to different ways of experiencing the self and the world around. As Blake said, “Nature is imagination itself”. Marshall believes that the outer world is in many ways a projection of our inner world. Photography is a way of exploring personal issues, of expanding both our inner and outer worlds by using our imaginations to explore and re-invent ways of seeing and being in the world.

  1. Awesome website, I hadn’t noticed earlier in my searches!
    Carry on the fantastic work!

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