Artist Talk – Lakehead University Honours Exhibition
Please join the Lakehead University Visual Arts Honours artists for an artist talk. Each graduating student will speak about their practice and artworks. This is an opportunity to listen to their inspirations and their journey of art-making, as well as ask questions about the pieces that have been on display in the Honours Exhibition.
The artists that will be speaking include, Gillian McGregor, Katy Poirier, Caroline Robilliard, Evalina Sacchetti, and Jessica Stacey. Each artist will be presenting their thesis work during their talk.
Caroline Robillard has spent her time at Lakehead focusing on honing both her ceramics and painting skills. Her work this year is both a celebration of her Korean heritage and a quest for her own identity within the Northern Ontario landscape which is struggling itself due to the onslaught of industrialization.
Evalina Sacchetti is an accomplished graphic artist that has been heavily influenced by her love of comics. Her thesis this year focuses on exploring trauma and abjection through the use of surreal and in some cases unsettling imagery. Her work is meant to acknowledge these emotions and the impact they have had on her life.
Gillian McGregor’s disciplines this year have been focused on drawing and ceramics at Lakehead. Her work is a matrilineal timeline of her family and the traditions that have been passed down through generations. She sees her work as the preservation of these traditions and urges others to discover their own heritage.
Jessica Stacey’s work this year is an exploration of history and nostalgia through ceramics and drawing. Her ceramic work honours the ancestral heritage since her family’s immigration to Canada. While her drawing highlights strong female role models she found in the music of the past while she was growing up.
Katy Poirier’s drawing and ceramics from this year are heavily influenced by her experiences growing up in a rural Northern Ontario community. Her drawing practice explores the complex emotions caused by loss. In her ceramic work, she has created an anthropomorphised reality exploring the nature of human identity and emotion.
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