INTERVIEW: Genna Kusch

We met Genna while at Sparkbox in Picton Ontario, and were so lucky enough to spend some time learning about her journey as an artist and what inspires her printmaking practice. She shares with us fun biological facts and the true meaning behind fairy tales. So tell us a little about your work! We noticed you have an interest in children's literature, and expressing those motifs. G: When I was in Queen's doing my undergrad, around third year, I took a course focusing on children's lit and was immediately hooked. I decided to commit to exploring my interest in that through my art practice, and never really stopped. There's a lot of imagery and information in all of those different stories, an

STUDIO VISIT: Aiden Haley

Aidan Haley invited us into his studio and spoke to us about his life long painting career and his love of travelling. Tell us a little bit about your work. It seems that you like to focus on landscape painting? A: Yes, when I was painting outdoors I was exclusively painting landscapes. Ill be 80 this year and I've come in from the cold. My subject matter has changed a bit but I still love landscape painting. N: How has your subject matter changed? A: I'm doing more portrait paintings. I have this interesting project with the Trent River Conservation, and it's about global warming. I call them statement paintings. No one is going to buy them, they are just not the sort of thing people buy.

Jared Boechler

Artist Jared Boechler is Saskatoon born but currently based in Norway. He creates paintings that are perfectly uneasy and quietly creepy. Fear of the unnatural and the unknown flow through Boechler's work. The framing and light reference the use of photography to capture a moment, especially in the unsettlingly simple interior scenes that hint at something unseen. In Boechler's portrait paintings, the face is always concealed or turned away from the viewer, which add to their drama and suspense. They remind us simultaneously of hooded religious figure portraits from the Renaissance and the contemporary subjects painted by Karel Funk. Jared Boechler's practice encompasses both the surreal and

Remembering Gerald Squires and the Gift He Gave Me

When I was 15, I decided I was an Artist with a capital A. Art was no longer an elective I was taking to survive the monotony of school or something I filled notebooks with, keeping them stacked and hidden in my closet. It became the focal point of my future. The realization that I was capable of pursuing a career in the arts transformed my life, but I did not come to this realization on my own. As I moved from middle school to high school, I slowly but surely started to take art seriously. I filled up a wooden box with watercolours and paper and brought it places where inspiration might strike. It became a permanent fixture in the trunk of my parents' car, no matter the destination, and eve

Kristy Hughes

Kristy Hughes is an American artist whose unique painting practice is transformed through her use of collage. Many of her paintings push past their limits and become funky, sculptural objects that we can't get enough of! For Hughes, collage is not only a method of abstraction, but also of structural creation. Paintings and drawings are cut up, reassembled, and take on new forms, such as 3D wave-like works that float on a gallery wall. Even in flat paintings, collage creates added texture, energy, and rhythm in Hughes' work. All of these impressive pieces feature patches of vibrant colour interrupted by graphic and jagged white and black details that add contrast and weight to each work. Her

STUDIO VISIT: Andrea Piller

Andrea Piller is a ceramist working in Prince Edward County. She welcomed us into her home and studio and shared with us her journey as a ceramic artist. Andrea spoke with us about her transition from art school, how the space an individual has effects the work they make and what they buy and who inspires her. We'll just dive right in! We saw from your website that you moved to the county in 2012, is that right? You were living in Toronto before. Can you speak to us about your decision to leave the city, and why for this county in particular? AP: I think I've always coveted space. When I first started studying at OCA I was interested in environmental design, how we live, and how we use space