By Nicole Valkova
THIS IS A PUBLIC DECLARATION OF SELF_LOVE>
special thanks to claire stu, kaila p, and the zavitz team (rachael, emma, emil, emily, mary, and nestor)
Screen Time is an installation that consists of three screen-prints of contemporary desktop computers with blank screens. Each serigraph is mirrored by a mobile device on a tripod with an animated GIF that exists within the blank space of the screen-printed screen. Generated by a digital video synthesizer, these GIFs reflect on some of the many ways time can be spent with screens.
Emma Ongman is an interdisciplinary artist interested in questioning structures of reality. She is currently inspired by the evolution of technology and its influence on human behaviour. Her recent work explores mainstream habits of media consumption and the potential of technology beyond its intended use.
Shay Donovan is an interdisciplinary artist creating representative artwork through digital drawing, textile work, and photography. Through the integration of occult symbolism, Shay works to create an accessible library of symbols found in the subconscious that any viewer can find and lose themselves in.
To the moon and back is the expression of the influence of the 90s anime, Sailor Moon, on LGBTQ2IA+ youth. A reclaimed space for the Queer characters and themes that were censored in the English dub when it was brought to North America and an appreciation for the process of creating such animations by spotlighting the typically fast-moving frames.
Transformation and unconditional love are themes that this show very strongly embody and that many people, especially in the Queer community can relate to. We transform ourselves consistently both physically and emotionally to adapt to societal pressures, strengthen relationships and hopefully become some version of our best selves. Explore subject matter that touches upon sexuality, transformation, censorship, religion, accepting spaces, a mother’s love and sacrifice.
This character is one that truly loves unconditional, whether it’s romantic, familial, or platonic and fights for that love till the end. She is an icon that reminds us to love those around us unapologetically or as I prefer to say, to the moon and back.
In support of my upcoming show ‘To the Moon and Back’ I’m collecting donations for Egale Canada. Everyone who donates will receive 2 stickers of paintings in the show. Click here for more information ??
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