Jess Portfleet   Curator/Education Director

Jess Portfleet is a Vancouver-based artist utilizing her sculptural practice to investigate and rewire the structures people build with and for, Things. By casting, displacing, repurposing and collecting, she creates arrangements that question social concepts of control, investment, value and identity as they move through perceived connections with (and between) things. Portfleet reinterprets objects through exhibition strategies centered around staging and play.  Using space and place as scaffolding, and props that provide alternative modes of support; these objects explore and articulate complex human moments.

Portfleet received her MFA from Emily Carr University of Art and Design and works as  a sessional instructor in sculpture and ceramics at Michigan Technological University, Kwantlen Polytechnic University and Emily Carr University.  She currently lives and works in the DTES of Vancouver, the unceded territories of the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish), and Sel̓íl̓witulh (Tsleil-Waututh) Nations, where she enjoys shopping the landscape for lost objects, found furniture and industrial salvage.  

Jennifer Brant

Jennifer Brant is an interdisciplinary artist whose  research and material-based practice tries to concurrently experience, facilitate and chronicle interactions with the more-than-human world.  She explores systems and relationships, marginalized spaces, complicated emotional states and futurity from the perspective of one who is queer, and of both settler and indigenous ancestry.

Using installations and interventions, field studies, textile and ceramic practices, writing, and drawing, she encourages and documents moments that bring an awareness of interconnection and kinship, gently interrupt passivity and cultivate alternative narratives to our current mythologies of progress and nature.
Born and raised in both the territory of the Tla-amin people, and the traditional, unceded territories of the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), Skwxwú7mesh (Squamish) and səl̓ílwətaʔɬ /Selilwitulh (Tsleil-Waututh) First Nations, she divides her time between Vancouver and a small, off-the-grid island.

Fiona Moes Pel

Fiona Moes Pel’s artistic practice is rooted in drawing: the graphite line, the cut line, the soldered line, the collapsing line, the overlapping line. Her artwork is anchored in curiosity around light and time as these phenomena relate to embodied experiences. She is interested in the relationship between the physical and the mystical, the seen and unseen. Central to her work is a consideration of how experiences of the metaphysical can manifest materially. She is currently investigating how we experience, capture and perceive the multidimensionality of time.

Fiona has a Master of Fine Arts (Emily Carr University), a Bachelor of Fine Arts (University of the Fraser Valley), and a Bachelor of Education (Simon Fraser University). She lives with her husband and daughter in Vancouver, BC where she makes and teaches art. Her work has been exhibited and collected both locally and abroad.

Peter Sickert

Peter Sickert is a Vancouver based multidisciplinary artist whose practice ranges widely and draws from many sources finding expression in painting, sculpture, video and installations.

Peter holds an MFA and an Advanced Studies Certificate in Painting from Emily Carr University of Art and Design, as well as a Degree in Architecture from the University of British Columbia.

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