Issue No.2 - Winter 2014
THE FEATURED ARTISTS
With our Mailing List, we mainly wanted to be able to share the things we were up to in one place, without all of our updates getting lost on various social media platforms. You now can have everything summarized in one e-mail with links back to our website and our blog, if you choose to read more about it. But there should be some sort of special perk for being subscribed, right? For being a loyal subscriber, we also want to share things with you that haven't made it up to our blog yet. We could call it a sneak peek of things to come! So for this month, let us show you who we've had the pleasure of meeting and interviewing for the Winter issue!
First off, there's Scott Conarroe, an extremely talented Canadian photographer who is well known for his North American series By Rail, as well as the Chinese counterpart The Great Eastern. Currently residing in Switzerland, he is now able to travel to several countries within his proximity, where he continues to work on his projects that incorporate historical context and powerful imagery.
Then there's Ruby Elliot, perhaps better known by her handle rubyetc, who offers viewers humourous, insightful, and often heartwarming drawings. Her work ranges from comic cartoons, to visual diaries, often shedding light on her struggle with mental illness or day-to-day encounters, all while uniting people within the online community.
We also had the pleasure of speaking to Mark Johnson, who co-founded Playing For Change and continues to spread the motto "Peace through Music". Amongst recording several volumes of Songs Around the World, a compilation of songs where different musicians collaborate by performing their own renditions, the project continues to expand by creating music schools and scholarship programs through their foundation.
Then we have a local Montreal artist, Alexandra Levasseur, whose work portrays females in vulnerable and strong roles, in a scene typically filled with symbolism. Her work currently varies from a combination of painting, drawing, and animation, as a means to explore her environment and understand the relationships in the world around her.
Lastly, we're featuring a dear friend of ours, a visual storyteller extraordinaire, who is also native to Montreal: Vanessa Aisling. Her work typically deals with ideas of culture, tradition, homes, and often feels very nostalgic and dream-like. She most recently spent part of her summer at an artist residency in Cádiz, Spain, where she worked on her project and produced her book Getting Lost, Going Home.