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Our 2019 Artists-In-Residence

/ By Ned Zimmerman

The Great Island Arts Co-operative is thrilled to announce our 2019 Artists-in-Residence:

Ali Hendra is a developing singer-songwriter living in Montreal. Her music stems from poetry, which she has written since her teens as a form of self documentation. Moving frequently throughout childhood, she’s obsessed with understanding what shapes a home—and how our emotional arcs are interconnected with nature’s cycles.

Loris Kecaj is a multi-disciplinary artist currently working and living in Montreal. Recently, her work has been rendered through the use of sculptures, mosaics, reliefs and illustrations. Myths, anagrams, creation stories, and the aftermath of cataclysmic events are themes that embody her work.

Lauren Spear is a musician who grew up on Bowen Island and is now living in Montreal. She just realized her two sister EPs Songs I Oughta Hear and Songs I Oughta Sing under her solo project Le Ren and is currently writing an album with her other band Maybel. Her work often invokes the vintage country sounds of Loretta Lynn, but also repackages it for a modern context.

Allyson Proulx, known by her pseudonym Lefty Smudges, is an intermedia artist focused on storytelling through text based works, fibre arts, drawing, collage, and bookmaking. The body of work Allyson is presently developing visualizes themes of grief, tenderness, exploration, and identity. Her current project, ‘Alone, together. A 365-day mail art project’, is an experiment in relational transformation, and generosity.

Amélie Tourangeau is an illustrator, animator and artist from Montréal who enjoys exploring multiple mediums—from zines to gifs. Through her recent work, she uses photography to create surreal and fragmented 3D worlds to reinterpret the reality surrounding her.

We received many exciting applications this year, and we are thankful to everyone who took the time to share their work with us. We also want to extend our deepest gratitude to our volunteer selection committee, lead by Great Island Arts board member Rajee Paña Jeji Shergill, to carry out the selection process: Célia Marquis, Jamie Q, Sayo Umeda, and Jessica Valmé.

We are delighted to once again be able to offer each artist-in-residence a $250 honorarium in addition to studio space and accommodations on Great Island. This would not be possible without the generous donations we’ve received since our founding in 2016. Please consider supporting this and future residencies with a donation. Thanks in advance!