Cynthia Blanchette is a visual artist focused on painting, sculpture, printmaking and installation work. She completed her BFA at the University of Saskatchewan in 2014 and has gone on to co-found the artist collective BAM (Bridges Art Movement) in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. Her artistic practice investigates various forms of artifice, pop culture, social iconography and the complex interactions associated with them. Her work is autobiographical, combining reflections, interpretations and anecdotes of her everyday experiences.
Alexa Hainsworth has Masters of Fine Arts from the University of Saskatchewan. She produces objects and installation environments made from mixed media and textile sewn together by hand and machine. Alexa reveals new ways to manipulate and stretch materials that offer surprises.
Her works have animated qualities that give the sensation that they are living creatures. The installations are reminiscent of underwater landscapes both real and imagined. Rather than copy nature directly, Alexa’s fabric sculptures are fanciful, yet like biological elements of plant and animal they are evolutionary.
Aralia Maxwell grew up surrounded by hectares of grain fields under vivid prairie skies on a farm near Waseca, Saskatchewan, Canada in Treaty 6 territory. She is currently a MFA candidate at the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design University in Halifax, NS, and holds a BA Double Honours, with majors in art history and studio art from the University of Saskatchewan (2015).
Working primarily in painting and collage, Maxwell investigates sociological issues, including those of consumer culture. Often informed by the attitudes and stereotypes of her rural prairie upbringing, her work is inspired by topics relating to utopia, artificiality, gender, and nostalgia.
ARALIA IS CURRENTLY ON LEAVE WHILE PURSUING HER MASTERS OF FINE ARTS DEGREE AT NSCAD UNIVERSITY IN HALIFAX, NS.
ANDIE NICOLE PALYNCHUK
Andie is an interdisciplinary artist who pours her heart and soul into her creative endeavours. She tells stories through creating, curating, and advocating art. Through painting, sculpture, installation, design, performance, and ritual theatre she uses these stories to engage audiences to share experiences with her that they may not have necessarily known existed or even wanted.
Andie does not put herself in a box but rather is striving and learning and making new types of work every day. The interconnection of all beings and the discovery of materials excite her. Through artistic creation she actively cultivates self-discovery, self-esteem, and self-acceptance each and every day.
She believes that creativety is not a rare gift that only some special few are born with, but rather an integral part of everyone’s human experience. All of us can express our creative impulses to enrich our lives and tell our own unique stories. She strives to make art accessible for all.
Andie is a co-founding member of BAM and is the Art Healer and Artist in Residence at Saskatchewan Alternative Initiatives.
My work explores the nature of relationships and the physical space we inhabit. I am interested in how our various environments can be shaped to embody the notion of home. Exploring the contrast of the highly finished, occupied space with the raw materiality of the support structure that lies beneath. We all live somewhere, and these places, with their associated experiences and circumstances, whether cherished or not, inevitably affects and becomes a part of us. I enjoy examining how space is used, and how an empty, raw environment is transformed into the familiar and comfortable. For me, place reflects more about its residents than first meets the eye. I think everyone has an individual, and at times, complex process of nesting. A process that marries place to person. So ultimately my intent is to intimately explore our environments and connections we have with them, examining human interaction with place.
Joanna Speed is a multidisciplinary artist who’s work explores the instinctive processes of organization within art making. Within her use of drawing, sculpture, and installation she references elements of formal minimalism, the dramatic but often bleak Saskatchewan landscape, as well as the intimate and at times confusing relationships among artistic genres.
Joanna is a co-founding member of BAM (Bridges Art Movement) in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. In 2017 she completed a BA Double Honours, Art History and Studio Art with a focus on architecture, colonialism, and sculpture.
JOANNA IS CURRENTLY ON LEAVE WHILE PURSUING HER MASTERS IN ARCHITECTURE / LANDSCAPE ARCHITECTURE DEGREE AT UBC
David Stonhouse is a strong voice in the Saskatoon Arts Community. David is an active member of BAM artist collective and a program guide at Remai Modern Museum. David’s solo art is currently based in mixed media painting. He creates sculptural, abstract paintings that are a wild exploration of the act, history and materiality of painting. His work takes cues from abstract expressionism, assemblage, optic art and fashion. David is interested in exploring the aesthetics of taste and our relationship to craft/objects in the changing, technological world.
Alana Moore an interdisciplinary artist based in Saskatoon, SK working with printmaking, painting, textiles and socially engaged practices. Moore investigates how artists and audiences create shared meaning with personal work, participatory projects and facilitative practices.
Moore is currently the Artist-in-Residence at Sherbrooke Community Centre, where she facilitates creativity, curates art shows, coordinates visiting artists, and collaborates with residents. She works as a Program Guide at Remai Modern Museum and from 2015 to 2016, she directed Street Meet: Saskatoon’s Street, Public and Graffiti Art Festival.