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Working alongside a diverse group of international established artists was invaluable. It was a concentrated, intense program and having support from one another was essential.

Country of origin: Canada

In which Residency Program(s) did you participate?
Lens and Screen Arts: Still and Moving Imaging, 2011

What led you to participate in the Summer Residency Program?
I was looking for an opportunity to take the leap as a lens-based artist from stills to motion. I was interested in a program that would further my creative development and cover all bases of entering into the moving image. 

What was the best part of your experience at SVA?
Working alongside a diverse group of international established artists was invaluable. It was a concentrated, intense program and having support from one another was essential. It fuelled more creativity being surrounded by like-minded people and pushed me to open up and see things differently as a visual storyteller. I'm very grateful for this.  

How did the Residency Program contribute to your development as a professional artist?
My professional photography education stems from an emphasis on technical and aesthetic aspects of the medium. I found it a valuable experience to be exposed to a program that also covered theory that raised key concepts of 150 years of lens-based media. This information along with learning how to articulate during critiques has given me the confidence to better express ideas about my work. The experience also pushed me to better understand my current and future goals as an artist. 

What's going on in your studio now?
I'm working on a series that's influenced by the Aboriginal Peoples in Ontario, Canada. I'm currently focusing on the Anishinabek Women's connection to water. I've also recently submitted a proposal to have a commissioned photo/video exhibition at the 2015 Pan/ParaPan AM Games in Toronto. If all goes well, I will be working on that extensively over the next two years. The selected artists will be announced in the spring of 2014. 

Is there anything else you'd like to share about your experiences in the program or after?
The program was a really great stepping stone from stills to motion. Although intense, I left feeling inspired, knowledgeable, driven and with new friends from all over the world. I think artists from varying backgrounds could really benefit creatively from this residency. You would be exposed to influential speakers, knowledgeable instructors, motivating peers, and all within the most interesting and culturally diverse city. 

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