CFAP Selected Artists Group 9

James Arthur

Art Form: Writer

James Arthur completed MFAs in creative writing at the University of Washington and the University of Brunswick. He has received honours and awards for his writing from many institutions in North America and Europe including a Joan Nordell fellowship from Harvard’s Houghton Library, a Canada Council for the Arts Creative Writing Grant, a Fulbright Scholarship in Creative Writing to the Seamus Heaney Centre for Poetry in Northern Ireland and a residency at the Al Purdy A-Frame. His poems have appeared in The New Yorker, The London Review of Books, Brick and The New Republic. He currently lives in Baltimore and teaches Creative Writing at Johns Hopkins University.

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Jean-Pierre Aubé

Art Form: mixed media and inter-disciplinary

After studying photography at Concordia University, Jean-Pierre Aubé completed an MA in visual arts at UQAM. His inter-disciplinary approach (audio performance, media art, installation and photography) borrows data collecting procedures from scientific methodologies. He establishes connections and creates tools to capture various natural phenomena, such as the northern lights, solar energy, exoplanets or the presence of radio waves in our environment. In his work, Jean-Pierre Aubé transcends technique with a passion for the complexity of the material world, an inexhaustible source of inspiration. www.kloud.org

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Alana Bartol

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Born in Halifax, Canada, Alana Bartol comes from a long line of water witches. Through performative, research-based, and community embedded practices, her site-responsive works propose walking and divination as ways of understanding across places, species, and bodies. Bartol’s work has been screened and presented across Canada at InterAccess (Toronto); PlugIn Institute for Contemporary Art (Winnipeg); Access Gallery (Vancouver); M:ST Performative Arts Festival (Calgary); Art Gallery of Windsor; and Group Intervention Vidéo (Montréal), as well as in Romania, Germany, Mexico and the United States. She currently lives in Calgary where she teaches at Alberta College of Art+Design.

www.alanabartol.com

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Louie Palu

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Louie Palu is a documentary photographer and filmmaker whose work has examined social political issues such as human rights, poverty and war for 26-years. He is a Guggenheim Foundation Fellow and Harry Ransom Center Research Fellow at the University of Texas at Austin. He has been awarded two separate Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting Grants for projects, which include the Mexican drug war and organized crime. He has covered conflict in Afghanistan, Pakistan, Mexico and Ukraine. His work is held in numerous collections including the National Gallery of Art, Museum of Fine Arts Houston and Museum of Fine Arts Boston. His work has been featured on the BBC, Der Spiegel, El Pais, La Republica and The New York Times. His photographs and films have been exhibited in numerous museums and festivals internationally including at the Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery and Munich Documentary Film Festival. He has published numerous books including his most recent Front Towards Enemy (2017 Yoffy Press). He is currently working on a long-term project on the future of the changing Arctic with National Geographic Magazine.

www.louiepalu.com

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Olivia Rozema

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Olivia Rozema’s work is driven by her obsessive interests that she approaches with the methodical precision of a scientist. She reframes the subjects of her obsessions as large scale formal ceramic sculptures by magnifying them in size and transforming surface. Mimicking the aesthetic of fossils, her subjects are made strange in both form and texture in order to increase the length of perception because perception is an end in itself, and must be prolonged. Olivia's sculptures embody a type of self-knowledge. Their forms suggest something we feel we should recognize but cannot place. These forms, removed from their natural context and enlarged, reside in the space between the familiar and the unfamiliar, dramatizing the often anxious relationship between inside and outside, and our general disassociation from the parts that make up wholes.

An artist from Grimsby, Ontario, she received a BaH in Visual Art and Classics from McMaster University in 2014 and an MFA in sculpture from the University of Regina in 2016. Rozema has facilitated workshops and arts based programming throughout Canada, and has participated in artist in residence programs, including a long-term residency at Medalta in Historic Clay District International Artist in Residence. Rozema’s work has been exhibited in galleries across Canada.

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Jessica Lynn Wiebe

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Jessica Lynn Wiebe is from Brandon, Manitoba currently living and working in Halifax, Nova Scotia. She graduated with her BFA from NSCAD University in 2015, and with her BEd from Acadia University in 2016. A former artillery soldier in the Canadian military, her artwork investigates the mechanisms of war, including the complex politics around gender, economy, architecture of war, and the human condition. She employs storytelling and performance in a multi-disciplinary practice to make work that creates dialogue by engaging and challenging deeply held beliefs and emotions about the military and war.

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