ARTIST TALKS

Artist Talks provides an insightful snapshot of the careers of artists living with mental illness and addiction experience. Individual artists working in various disciplines present their work and discuss their creative processes and successes in the context of their experiences in working with Workman Arts and their struggles with mental illness and addiction. This program is designed to run about an hour and a half in total and includes an overview of the company mission, history, current productions, and two to four individual 15-minute artist talks/presentations followed by a 15-20 minute question and discussion period.

 

CURRENT ARTISTS

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Jaene Castrillon is a multidisciplinary artist who utilizes her art practice to show the brilliance and the heart-break of living a life less ordinary. Through performance art, dance, poetry, film making and activism she creates an environment for further dialogue between ideas of wellness and illness.

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Joey DAMMIT! is an award winning mixed media Pop artist with a self-described obsession with the darker side of the cult of celebrity. His art has been described by The Toronto Star as, “Warhol in a head-on collision with David Lynch.” He was recently chosen by Inside Entertainment magazine as one of the “Six Canadian Artists To Watch”. His work is held in private and corporate collections. www.joeydammit.com

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Faeghan is a multi-disciplinary artist whose practice includes music, visual arts, expressive movement, and performance.
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Catherine Jones is a Toronto-based photographer. Her work explores themes of trauma, memory and the body. Recent projects include a collection of wearable art for “Mad Couture” at the Art Gallery of Ontario (2012) and FAT Arts & Fashion Week (2013), and a retelling of The Red Shoes for “Beneath the Surface,” a virtual exhibit for TTC commuters. She has exhibited in Toronto, Ireland and New York City. www.marmiteontoast.com

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Michael Mills is active as an exhibitor, juror, curator and lecturer in Canada, the United States and Europe. He has exhibited his artwork at the Museum of Biblical Art in New York, the Lieutenant Governor’s Suite at the Ontario Provincial Legislature, Frederick Horseman Varley Gallery of Markham, J.B. Aird Gallery in Toronto, and Sty Wet San Native Long House in Vancouver, among other venues. He is past-president of the Ontario Society of Artists and has spoken widely on art criticism, lecturing at the University of Toronto, the University of Saskatchewan, the University of British Columbia and Wilfrid Laurier University. Korper-Landschaften, the Munich exhibition of his work received critical acclaim in Suddeutsche Zeitung. studiomills.com

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Peter Mulcair is a professional fine art and commercial photographer who is interested in nature and our environment. His seeks to reflect and express his moods through portraits of trees, plants, and animals. His work has been exhibited at Scotiabank CONTACT Photography and Nuit Blanche festivals as well as the Lieutenant Governor’s Suite at Queen’s Park in Toronto and is held in private and institutional collections. www.mulcair.ca
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Annette Seip turned her talents to photography and digital art, after many years in the field of science, graduating with an MSc from McMaster.  Her award winning photography studies the relationship between order and chaos, isolation and connectedness, light and darkness.  She has exhibited in juried and solo art shows in Mississauga and Toronto, including Britain Street Gallery, Queen Gallery, Propeller Centre for the Visual Arts, Visual Arts Mississauga, Scotiabank Nuit Blanche, CONTACT Photography Festival, and the Royal Ontario Museum and Cooper’s Fine Art Gallery for Touched by Fire.  R.M. Vaughan described Annette’s “Ice Diamond” in the Globe and Mail as …”a photograph so dappled with liquid light, it could be mistaken for a Mary Pratt painting.” www.aseipphotography.com
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Lisa Walter is a multi-faceted artist, educator, and journalist who lives and works in Toronto.  Her first full-length play, Difference of Latitude, was published in an anthology by Canadian Playwrights Press in 2005. She has been exhibiting her visual art since 2010, including two works for Nuit Blanche, and participated as a visual and media artist with Rendezvous with Madness Film Festival in 2010 and 2011. The Globe and Mail has described her work as “delicate and unsparing.” Lisa is the 2014 Visual Artist in Residence at Workman Arts. www.lisawalter.net
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Jai Wax is a self-taught painter who strives to reflect a victory of reconciliation between madness and beauty in his art. www.poetryandartofjaiwax.com