Art making is an essential part of my life. I like being in a fluid state more than in a static state. I prefer to be able to work with more than one medium and I like to be flexible in my thoughts and practice. Thus my art discipline tends to explore
a broad range of works from formal abstract to representational, conceptual, and symbolic. Shapes and colors in my paintings and drawings evoke figurative qualities which embrace a kaleidoscope of emotions.
Life is too short to take gravely all
the time. I want to delight in what I can when I can. Having this as my essential philosophy, my goal of art making is to create a positive and playful atmosphere, and generate warm feelings of intimacy and substance through my work.
various media to create my work, for instance; hand embroidering is one of the most time-consuming and painstaking method of art-making which in turn engages my thinking process differently from the other methods I use, such as collage making, drawing,
painting, and printmaking. Working with various kinds of media is very important for me to keep my thoughts and ideas fluid and flexible.
I am aware that I also enjoy creating works that have negative implications. In this sense, my creation of
positive images works as a counter-response to my own works in addition to the media images of the world. In this way I construct a sort of antithesis that is more about creating a balance of negative and positive; the "yin and yang." It is a part of my
philosophy of seeking balance that one should not be too much stronger than the other.
I enjoy creating works in the pursuit of my own aesthetic language. Expanding my visual vocabulary will be for me an everlasting pursuit. For this reason I am
concerned with the presence of formal qualities in my work - balance, color, composition, contrast, push-pull effect, shape, texture, variety of mark makings, visual weight, and so on. Creating visual movements in relation to the formal elements is also
an interesting way for me to increase my vocabulary and develop my language as an artist (what I call an "art enjoyer").
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2006 Bachelor of Fine Arts (Honours) - University of Manitoba, Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada.|
2002 Associate in Arts - Kansai Gaidai College, Hirakata, Osaka, Japan.
2012 The World We Live In and Beyond, Small Works Gallery, Winnipeg|
2010 Memories in Color, Elliott Louis Gallery, Vancouver, BC
2009 Indian Diary, 1 Shanthi Road Gallery, Bangalore, Karnataka, India
2008 A Visual Diary, LE Gallery, Toronto, Ontario
2008 Embroidered Memories, Conduit Gallery, Dallas, Texas, USA
2008 A Visual Diary, Gallery 803, Winnipeg, Manitoba
2008 McGarry Guild Gallery, St. John's-Ravenscourt School, Winnipeg, Manitoba
2006 Abbies, Shimizu Public Library, Shimizu, Hokkaido, Japan
2005 Positive Atmosphere, GoSA, University of Manitoba, Winnipeg, Manitoba
2005 Color, Shape, Space & Composition - Off Ice Gallery, University of Manitoba, Winnipeg, Manitoba
2012 Dallas Art Fair, Dallas, TX|
2012 Optical Fibre, Space 1026, Philadelphia, PA
2012 Palm Springs Art Fair, Palm Springs, CA
2012 Winter Salon, Jenkins Johnson Gallery, San Francisco, CA
2012 Hovercraft, Art Gallery of Southwestern Manitoba, Brandon, MB
2011 Full Fathom Five, Jenkins Johnson Gallery, New York, NY
2011 The Legend of Stache, Graffiti Gallery, Winnipeg, MB
2011 Illustrated Type, Gallery Nucleus, Alhambra, CA
2011 Hovercraft, Portage and District Arts Centre, Portage la Prairie, MB
2010 Charcoal and Thread, Elliott Louis Gallery, Vancouver
2010 Drawing in Thread: Contemporary Embroidery (Curated by John Tricomi & Kathleen Driscoll),
Mount Ida College, The Gallery, Newton, Main, U.S.A.
2010 Colour Play, Gallery Lacrosse, Winnepeg, MB
2009 Legends, Heroes, Myths, and Such..., Graffiti Gallery, Winnipeg, Manitoba
2009 Whodunit? Ontario College of Art and Design, Toronto, Ontario
2009 Over and Under, Yard Dog Gallery. Austin, Texas, USA
2009 Art with Heart, Fundraiser for Casey House, Edward Day Gallery, Toronto, Ontario
2009 LE Gallery, Toronto, Ontario
2008 Aqua Art Miami, Miami Wynwood with Conduit Gallery, Miami, Florida, USA
2008 Art with Heart, Fundraiser for Casey House, Toronto, Ontario
2008 Giant Robot NY, NYC, NY, USA
2008 Toronto International Art Fair, with LE Gallery, Toronto, Ontario
2008 Headquarters Galerie + Boutique, Montreal, Quebec
2008 Contemporary Art Dealers of Dallas (art fair) with Conduit Gallery, Dallas, Texas, USA
2008 Outworks Gallery, Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada. Organized by University of Winnipeg AHSA
2008 Paradise Lost and Found - Border Crossings Leap Year Gala, Organized by
Border Crossings Magazine, Fort Garry Hotel, Winnipeg, Manitoba
2008 LE Gallery, Toronto, Ontario
2008 Atelier Gallery, Vancouver, British Columbia
2008 Tinlark Gallery, Hollywood, California, USA.
2007 Au Revoir, Auf Wiedersehen, Motel Gallery, Portland, Oregon, USA.
2007 Toronto International Art Fair with LE Gallery. Toronto, Ontario
2007 Drawing Attention, Graffiti Gallery, Winnipeg, Manitoba
2007 Snack Isle, Giant Robot NY. New York, New York, USA.
2007 Affair at the Jupiter Hotel (Art Fair) with Motel Gallery, Portland, Oregon, USA.
2007 White Light, Motel Gallery, Portland, Oregon, USA.
2007 AHSA Fundraiser, The Edge Gallery, Winnipeg, Manitoba
2007 The Cabinet: the Unlocking, Ashdown Hall, 3rd Floor, University of Winnipeg,
Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada (Curated by Aldona Dziedziejko)
2006 Triple Exposure, Platform Centre for Photographic & Digital Arts, Winnipeg, Manitoba
2006 Fabulous Fakes- 2006 Fundraiser, Plug In ICA, Winnipeg, Manitoba
2006 BMO First ART! Exhibition,First Canadian Place Gallery, Toronto, Ontario
2006 Ace's High, Ace Art Inc., Winnipeg, Manitoba
2006 I Think I Said No, Gallery 1.1.1., University of Manitoba, Winnipeg, Manitoba
2006 Pretty Pretty Pretty, Cream Gallery, Winnipeg, Manitoba
2006 Student Works, Woodlands Gallery, Winnipeg, Manitoba
2005 Value, GoSA, Univerisity of Manitoba, Winnipeg, Manitoba
2005 P.S., Ace Art Inc., Winnipeg, Manitoba
2004 Urban Exchange, Exchange District Tunnel, Winnipeg, Manitoba
2004 Martha Street Studio, Winnipeg, Manitoba
University of Manitoba, Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada.|
The Town of Shimizu, Hokkaido, Japan.
BMO Financial Group, Canada.
2011 Hoopla: The Art of Unexpected Embroidery, Arsenal Pulp Press|
2011 Fibrearts Magazine, Summer Issue
2011 Ruby: Otherworldliness, Gestalten, publisher, April
2010 Exquisit Book, Chronicle Books, September
2010 G.Love Magazine, Canada, cover
2009 Lines and Shapes, Vol. 9 Portland, Maine
2009 I Make Stuff, handmadelife, Australia
2009 Air Canada enRoute Magazine, June 2009, pp. 85 – 88, Canada. (Illustration).
2009 Craft Magazine, Volume 10, page 10, USA.
2009 Stacey Abramson. Winnipeg Free Press, page F3, January 10, Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada.
2008 Border Crossings Magazine, Issue No. 107, pp. 25 – 26., Canada.
2008 The Duhks CD cover illustration, Canada / USA.
2008 G.LOVE Magazine, Canada (featured artist).
2008 ELLE Decoration Magazine U.K. (Illustration).
2008 Canadian Dimesion (Illustrations/cover design).
2008 Portland Center Theater Annual Brochure “Imagine” cover design (Illustration).
2008 Textiel Plus Magazine, the Netherlands (featured artist with a 4-page interview).
2008 Selvedge Magazine, U.K (featured artist).
2008 Once More With Feeling Magazine, Melbourne, Australia. March.
2007 Walrus Magazine. Canada. October (Illustraion).
2007 Amy Karlinsky. GalleriesWest Magazine. Canada. September.
2007 New York Times Magazine. June (Illustration).
2007 John Motley. White Light. The Portland Mercury, Portland, Oregon, USA. Mid-April.
2007 Guy Maddin. Letter from Winnipeg. CBC. April 5.
2007 On Manitoba (University of Manitoba Alumni Journal) April. (p.17).
2006 Warehouse 15 (pp. 446-449). University of Manitoba Faculty of Architecture. Winnipeg, Canada.
2006 On Manitoba (University of Manitoba Alumni Journal), Winnipeg, Canada. December.
2006 Michael Marshal. What's Happening at the U of M. University of Manitoba. Canada. December08.
2006 Kenton Smith. The Uniter. Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada. November 30.
2006 Gary Michael Dault. The Globe and Mail. Canada. October 28.
2006 Claudio Parentele. The eXTra finGer. Online Interview. Italy. October 24.
2006 Canadian Art Magazine.
2006 BMO Financial Group. 2006 Winners.
2006 Winnipeg Sun. Winnipeg, Canada. Septmber 07.
2006 Hokkaido Newspaper, Hokkaido, Japan.
2006 Tokachi Mainichi Newspaper. Hokkaido, Japan.
2006 Winnipeg Free Press, (p.B4). Winnipeg, Canada. May 31.
2006 Kristen Pauch-Nolin, Uptown Magazine. Winnipeg, Canada (p.19). May 11.
2006 Lorne Roberts. Winnipeg Free Press. Winnipeg, Canada. May 11.
2006 Ruby Mag Book. world-wide, Argentina.
2006 Ruby Mag. Issue No. 06. web-based magazine. Argentina.
2006 CBC Television. Canada. on air April 26.
2006 Toro Magazine (p. 60). Canada. May.
2006 Uptown Magazine, Issue 401 (p.26). Winnipeg, Canada. March 16.
2006 The Uniter, Issue 20. Vol 60 (p.17). Winnipeg, Canada. March 02.
2005 National Post, (p. B6). Canada. December 08.
2005 Seiko Times, Issue 7 (p.6). Hokkaido, Japan. July 22.
2005 Manitoban, Vol 93. No.12 (p.13). Winnipeg, Canada. November 10.
2005 Manitoban, Vol 93. No.09 (p.22). Winnipeg, Canada. October 19.
2006 Bank of Montreal 1st ART! Competition - Manitoba Winner, Canada|
2005 Helga Miller Scholarship, Canada
2004 Mitch Gowler Memorial Award, Canada
Art Related Experiences
2009 Embroidery workshop at Daniel McIntyre Collegiate, Winnipeg, Manitoba|
2008 Guest Artist at Kelvin High School, Winnipeg, Manitoba
2008 Guest Artist at St. John's-Ravenscourt School, Winnipeg, Manitoba
2008 Guest Artist at Daniel McIntyre Collegiate, Winnipeg, Manitoba
2008 Guest Artist at Pinkham School, Winnipeg, Manitoba
2006 - Current Owner/Director of Semai Gallery, Winnipeg, Manitoba
2007 - Current Board of Director, Ace Art Inc, Winnipeg, Manitoba
2006 - 2008 Assistant Manager of Keepsakes Gallery of Winnipeg, Inc., Winnipeg, Manitoba
2006 Gallery Assistant of Cream Gallery.
2011 Warmer Winter, Ace Art Inc., Project Room, Winnipeg, Manitoba|
2010 Warmer Winter, Ace Art Inc., Project Room, Winnipeg, Manitoba
2010 Urban Shaman, Winnipeg, Manitoba
2009 Warmer Winter, Ace Art Inc., Project Room, Winnipeg, Manitoba
2008 Winter Warmer, Ace Art Inc., Project Room, Winnipeg, Manitoba
2007 Winter Warmer, Ace Art Inc., Project Room, Winnipeg, Manitoba
2006 Winter Warmer, Ace Art Inc., Project Room, Winnipeg, Manitoba
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