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I used my summer residency to begin really experimenting with new materials that I hadn't previously considered, and it led me to the digital process that I use for most of my work now.

Country of origin: Oshawa, Ontario, Canada

In which Residency Program(s) did you participate?
Painting and Mixed Media, 2012 and 2013

What led you to participate in the Summer Residency Program?
I wanted to keep working on my portfolio in a more intensive atmosphere, and start preparing myself for grad school applications.

What was the best part of your experience at SVA?
The best part was getting to work with such a diverse group of international people: we were all at different stages of our artistic careers, and so as someone just finishing up college, it had the benefits of being a mentorship experience for me specifically. 

How did the Residency Program contribute to your development as a professional artist, designer, etc?
I used my summer residency to begin really experimenting with new materials that I'd hadn't previously considered, and it led me to the digital process that I use for most of my work now. 

What's going on in your studio now?
I'm finishing some up some work for an SVA Residency Alumni show! I'm presently in Berlin Germany, so I'm also making some other drawings that I hope to show soon. And, I'm also preparing to start my Masters at Weissensee University in Berlin. My application portfolio was in large part work I made during my residency.

Is there anything else you'd like to share about your experiences in the program or after?
The international network of residency participants is pretty great: I've actually been meeting residency friends here in Germany, and when I was applying for graduate schools I was able to email some people and get their opinion on schools and art communities from a local perspective. 

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