Indonesian Diaspora Dancers Sofia Cristanti

A series of oil pastel-mix media paintings demonstrate how Indonesian female immigrant volunteer dancers delivered their best of beauty through the Indonesian traditional dance at Edmonton Heritage Festival. They come from different professional backgrounds and ethnicities, proudly wearing beautiful modernized traditional dress set in poetical, misty, and dreamy landscape interacted with summer sunlight illumination. The artwork series represents an immigrant story of cultural celebration.

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Activities of Kind Connection

Activities of Kind Connection is an excerpt from a body of work exploring themes of human connection and the fluctuation of emotions within the everyday. The subjective colours depict emotions experienced by the characters. Through use of brighter-than-life colour and simplified form, the viewer might move through the compositions focusing on areas of greater detail. The overall even treatment of paint is intended to depict the shared emotions between subjects.

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Mona Lisas and Mad Hatters

Mona Lisas and Mad Hatters is an exploration of the relationship of personality to physicality, perception and self-perception. Each of the people in the oil portraits, some friends, some co-workers, some strangers who Wylie met for the first time at their sitting, self-identify as “oddballs”. They are uncomfortable within norms of social acceptability, but are happiest, and most themselves, outside of the mainstream

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LIMINAL SPACE | | AWASITIPAHASKAN

LIMINAL SPACE | | AWASITIPAHASKAN is a spatial installation about the borders – in all meanings – of First Nations reserves in Alberta. Beginning in 2014 with intense field research at four different reserves surrounding Edmonton: Enoch Cree Nation, Saddle Lake Cree Nation, Onion Lake Cree Nation, Maskwacis: Samson Cree Nation, Ermineskin Cree Nation, Louis Bull Tribe and Montana First Nation, the project has materialised into a collection of collections.

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Celebrate Fibre Arts

Enjoy demonstrations and exhibits of various Fibre Art techniques, both traditional and contemporary, to celebrate the 150th anniversary of Canadian Confederation, with art projects that build community and tell the complex story of Canada’s people and places. Gain an appreciation for how fibre art skills, used long ago for warmth and decoration, are still used today for the same purposes.

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A Possible CANADA

The central message of A Possible CANADA is to evoke conversation about what a possible Canadian society could be, and our role in creating such a society. The images, patterning, and structure of the artwork hold the potential and the capability to facilitate dialogues on this quest. This exhibit consists of two components: the major artwork O’Canada Project and a public participation panel.

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A Conversation in Rhythm

A Conversation in Rhythm is a tap dance piece exploring how dialogue can transcend what we generally think of as language. Tap dance is its own unique rhythmic language where dancers use dynamic sounds to replace words in order to talk to each other and convey a message. Through this piece, the artists challenge the norms of tap dance and place the focus not on flash but on musicality and creativity. The artists use dance to express what words often cannot.

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Shield

Women’s bodies are highly regulated and judged in public spaces. It is often public opinion that if a woman is harassed or assaulted what she was wearing or her behaviour must be to blame. This performance is a reaction to the suggestion that women can protect themselves from attack through clothes that make them disappear in public. In thinking about how clothes shelter or expose women, Stacey adds more and more layers of clothing over the course of the performance, both to hide her body and to create a shield against both physical and psychological attack.

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