- September 2013 – September 2014
MAWA is pleased to welcome the participants in the 2013/2014 Foundation Mentorship Program. Monica Mercedes Martinez and Mandy Malazdrewich were mentored by Rebecca Belmore, Devon Kerslake and Helga Jakobson were mentored by Eleanor Bond, and Charlene Brown and Jen Loewen were mentored by Ewa Tarsia. Two mentees were selected by the Arts and Disability Network of Manitoba and joined the 2013-2014 program, mentored by Kristin Nelson, thanks to special funding from the Manitoba Arts Council.
Eleanor Bond is best known for her large-scale painted images of urban and architectonic space, a practice based on mappings of collective social experience. Mountain of Shame, her 2010 exhibition at PlugIn ICA, imaged subjectivity in painted and sculpted forms. She continues to research the affective potential of objects and geomorphic forms. Bond has participated in national and international biennials, group and solo exhibitions since 1990. From 2002-2018, Bond was Associate Professor in Studio Arts, Concordia University.
Ewa Tarsia studied fine art in Poland, and advertising art and computer graphics in Winnipeg. She works in diverse media including painting, installations, tapestry, landscape design and drawing, but is best known internationally as a printmaker. Tarsia uses her love of the techniques and processes involved in printmaking to share her interactions with the ever-changing environment with her audiences. As an environmentalist, she sees the irony of using plastic and paper to create images that celebrate the beauty of the natural world. In addition to various group and solo exhibitions in Canada, Tarsia’s work has been exhibited in international print biennials in Spain, France, Poland, Austria, United States, England, Germany and Korea. In 2007 she was inducted into the Royal Academy of Arts.
Rebecca Belmore is an internationally recognized artist originally from Upsala, Ontario. Since 1987, her multi-disciplinary work has addressed history, place and identity through the media of sculpture, installation, video and performance. Belmore was exhibited at the 2005 Venice Biennale as Canada’s official representative. Her work has appeared in other solo shows including Rising to the Occasion, Vancouver Art Gallery, Vancouver BC (2008) and March 5, 1819, The Rooms, St. John’s NFLD (2008). Group exhibitions include: Oh, Canada, MASS Moca, North Adams MA (2012); NeoHoodoo: Art for a Forgotten Faith, The Menil Collection, Houston TX (2008); Global Feminisms, Elizabeth A. Sackler Center for Feminist Art, Brooklyn Museum, Brooklyn NY (2007); and Land, Spirit, Power, National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa ON (1992).
Kristin Nelson is a queer artist with a disability born of Northern Irish/Scottish immigrants and Irish settlers, who received a BFA from Emily Carr (2003) and an MFA from Concordia University (2014). Her practice is rooted in object making, using textiles, sound, sculpture and performance. Through a process of examination and re-contextualization, she transforms everyday subjects into larger social concerns. Her work is held in collections including Boralex, BMO, the Province of Manitoba and the Winnipeg Art Gallery.
Photo courtesy of Comox Valley Art Gallery