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Revealing and often surprising, the Artist Spotlight Series is an opportunity to investigate, research and look into the lives of artists and their art practice. Through the interviews artists expose their personal struggles, their thoughts and their stories related not only to their art practice but also to the impact of global events on their lives.

Artist Spotlight | Randall Steeves

Encaustic, or molten beeswax mixed with pigment, is Steeves’ medium of choice. The physicality of the encaustic medium is reinforced in the form of large renderings of fingerprints layered over the canvas surface. The prints are often Steeves’ own — he had himself ‘processed’ by the Vancouver Police […]

Jose Jimenez | Artist Spotlight


Why does someone become an artist?

It’s a big question that can yield seemingly inconsequential answers. Sometimes, it all comes down to a chance encounter — stumbling across a comic strip, accidentally walking into a band’s practice session or visiting an artist studio for the first time. I ask our […]

Artist Spotlight | Rubeena Ratcliffe


Why does someone become an artist?

It’s a big question that can yield seemingly inconsequential answers. Sometimes, it all comes down to a childhood chance encounter — stumbling across a comic strip, attending an art exhibition for the first time or an emergency trip to the hospital. I asked Rubeena Ratcliffe to […]

Artist Spotlight | Jessica Korderas


In this interview we delve into the meticulous three dimensional cast resin sculptures by Halifax artist Jessica Korderas.  Film is a major inspiration for Korderas and the new work we examine is based on her recent discovery of 1970’s genre of Italian movies called “Giallo”.

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Artist Spotlight | Mara Korkola


Our interview with Toronto-based painter Mara Korkola took place by telephone and email over the course of two months.

Mara Korkola’s captivating works compress worlds of information into small intimate oil paintings.  The sunset paintings featured here are based on photographs taken from hiking trips along the west […]

Artist Spotlight | Jeroen Witvliet


Jeroen Witvliet spoke to me about his path to contemporary art making and the curiosity that continues to drive his work. Witvliet’s art practice is a response to contemporary times; to be aware and to find a sense of the poetic while questioning current events, historical accuracy […]

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