Born in Toronto, L. Koltun has an interdisciplinary practice, surfacing new meanings through defamiliarization. She seeks to create unsettling works inspired by a fascination for deep-rooted societal behaviours and suppressed, disputed or disregarded values. Following a noted career as a cultural executive and Canadian photography scholar, she completed a BFA summa cum laude at the University of Ottawa in 2014, winning two awards. She has completed sculptural and painting commissions and has exhibited still and moving imagery, and installation and performance works in Ottawa and several cities in Canada. She sits on the Board of Directors of the Ottawa Art Gallery and continues as a longstanding Adjunct Research Professor in Art History at Carleton University.
Nic Cooper is an emerging artist working in painting, drawing and printmaking. They graduated from NSCAD University with a BFA, Major in Fine Arts in 2012. Their current project Something Happened Here has developed during artist residencies and has been featured in solo exhibitions, group exhibitions and catalogues. Recently at the Carmichael Canadian Landscape Exhibition: Tradition Transformed hosted at the Orillia Museum of Art and History they won the Kevin J. Batchelor Emerging Artist Award. They received the Robert Pope Foundation Painting Scholarship and the Rowland and Marshall Printmaking Award at NSCAD University. Cooper has been an artist-in-residence at the Ottawa School of Art (2016), at Artscape Gibraltar Point (2016), and at La Escuelita in Niquinohomo, Nicaragua (2017). They were a member at Gallery in the Attic in Peterborough, Walnut Studios in Toronto and the White House Studio Project in Toronto where they recently had their solo exhibition entitled The Rate Of (2017).
My recent work draws upon my background of growing up in a small mining community in Northern Ontario--where the physicality of manual labour, the expectations of masculine working class identity and sexuality were formative to my self-awareness as an artist. The paintings contain fragments of nickel ore, copper and disposed slag rock extracted from Sudbury.
Martin Godin is an artist based in Ottawa and Sudbury. Godin’s work uses painting, photography, collage and assemblage to express themes encompassing his Canadian identity.
His work was featured in the group show Bending the Horizon in Toronto (curated by the late Wendy Coburn), in association with World Pride 2014. Recently, his work was on display at the Théâtre Sainte-Catherine in Montréal (ROCKS publication release and vernissage with Studio Béluga) and at the Alternator Centre for Contemporary Art in Kelowna, British Columbia. His work has also been exhibited at the Workers Arts and Heritage Centre in Hamilton and at the Steelworkers Gallery 6500 in Sudbury, Ontario.
carol Howard Donati
I am a mixed media artist working with natural and found domestic materials, print, digital imagery and paint. Experience of the self in everyday life and how we connect to the world around us engages me. Who I am as a woman and my own particular story inform my process. Currently I am investigating my relationship with nature through contact and response to a local landscape along the Ottawa River, with special attention to decolonizing perspectives and the life cycle of freshwater mussels.
Zainab Hussain is an artist who lives and works in Ottawa. She maintains strong connections to her cultural and religious heritage which is as much a part of her as her Canadian roots. This diversity informs much of her work which deals with issues of identity and multiplicity of the self. Much of her work is also strongly influenced by her immediate environment and it's connections to a more global environment. Zainab works primarily with photography but often extends her pieces through installation, and incorporating other mediums. Through her work she is interested in combining the technical with the organic, and exploring tradition through modern techniques.