What do you think of when you think of a neighborhood market? What did you see today? What did you enjoy? These were some of the questions that I asked as part of hosting an experience-mapping workshop at the ZK/U centre for art and urbanism's monthly community market in December 2014. Visitors shared experiences by drawing or writing notes on small note cards. Sometimes I took notes for them. Sometimes they corrected my poor German. After the workshop, I brought together the notecards along with my own notes and photographs of the neighborhood market in the form of a poster.
A weekly series of 8 workshops with newcomer teenagers and girls in the Mitte area of Berlin. The focus was visual storytelling and activities including drawing, journalling, and creative note taking. Many of the participants' first language was Farsi. Mine was English. We were all learning German and getting to know German culture. It was a lot of fun to meet in the middle and explore our experience of our home countries as well as life in Germany together. Supported by the S.U.S.I. womens' centre and produced by Nomadic Art.
A collaborative drawing created by two girls through a game where folded pieces of paper are passed around the table.
A flyer promoting the visual storytelling workshop as well as a sewing workshop taking place at the same time.
Local Colour Info Centre
A solo exhibition exploring citizens’ relationship to architecture in my home town of Toronto, Canada. Commissioned by the Koffler Gallery, Local Colour Info Centre included a street-front space where passersby could share their experiences, an installation presenting my drawings and research, workshops with local community groups, and 40 drawings and handwritten texts that lyrically reported on my own as well as visitors’ memories and perceptions. Read the digital publication about the project featuring an essay by Martha Baillie here.
Documentation of ideas shared during the Tandem Community & Participation (C&P) program interim meeting at Friction Arts in Birmingham, England. Along with program participants, I listened to and participated in the discussions, recorded ideas with handwritten notes, and then invited the group to pose with a quote that they found meaningful.
An oral history project exploring residents' experience of home and migration in Moabit, one of Berlin, Germany's most multicultural neighborhoods. The Nomadic Art team conducted interviews with residents, I Linh Nguyen drew portraits, and I designed a poster and series of 14 postcards collecting peoples' stories. The posters and postcards were distributed to local libraries, schools, and businesses.
Commissioned by the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health and Arts Etobicoke, this large drawing and collage-based mural developed through a series of workshops that I facilitated with clients from CAMH's Geriatric Mental Health Program. Over the course of eight sessions we created drawings together. I then brought together clients' artworks as well as my portraits of participants in the form of a digital collage. The final mural was printed as a large-scale on a bus used on the CAMH campus and around the city.