Monday, February 11, 2019

2018 Updates in 2019 from In Your Pocket video to more blue deviling and Big on Bloor Festival

Big on Bloor Festival: Pillow Play

With Pillow Play artists Nila Gupta and Natalie Wood create a participatory sculpture piece that invites participants of all ages to construct comfort and meaning out of everyday objects such as pillows. Follow the link here Pillow Play.


June 2018 - Artist in Residence for York University student association's Pride Float - in collaboration with AGYU

Pride float with a message #gotbloodtogive and Whose party whose blood!

Blue Devils!

Sketch for the float and working on making the float at York University


June 19/ 2018 - In Your Pocket Screening of TIME AFTER TIME

In your pocket: Time after Time June 19 2018 actors and directors after the Screening
Video Time will Come - 6 mins
Time Will Come is a 5.53 minute experimental video that dramatizes in dance, movement and metaphor the narrator's quest to find her heart. This video looks at the impact of loss, pain and stress experienced by many black & racialized people and offers up a solution. To keep on searching for our hearts, our softness and our joy until that time when we find them. This was screened for In your Pocket: Time after Time at Buddies in Bad times. It stars Danielle Smith and Kyshia Williams, Camera work from Amber Williams-King, with editing consult from Nila Gupta and Emily Wood-Gupta. This was filmed on an iPhone 6s. The link to the video is here - Time Will Come

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Presenting Blue Devil Posse at a pop-up talk at the AGO

Natalie Wood Discussing video at AGO 2018

Audience at AGO
Blue Devils that couldn't be blue at the AGO
I created a video based on all the exploits so far from the Blue Devil Posse. You can check us out on facebook. It was a very antiseptic experience talking about the devilish actions the Posse has been involved in. The times when our protesting almost barred us from crossing the stage at Caribana, the cuss and strange looks we get at Pride and the fun we had at Blocko 2017. Because we behave so bad we couldn't 'entertain' de crowd, so I made a video and talked about our actions.
Here is the link to the video - Blue

Friday, September 15, 2017

From Beyond - Accordion style book - encaustic wax, faux fur, pencil, pastel, pencil 

This piece was presented along with a shoe box-sized Hangman installation. Below is the write up of the show at John B Aird Gallery as part of OPS Pride Network programming.

Queer Landscapes, Queer Intersections once again presents a diverse array of work by artists from across Ontario, showcasing a plurality of voices, experiences, and artistic practices represented among the province’s LGBTQ communities.   

The exhibition is centred on the theme of intersectionality, a concept increasingly used to understand complex social equity issues through relationships of power and privilege. An intersectional perspective recognizes that it is not sufficient to view dimensions of identity and diversity in isolation, and that the intersection of social identities is critical to understanding social realities and impacts on individuals and communities.   

Artworks included in the exhibition reflect how LGBTQ social issues and identities intersect with those related to race, gender, ethnicity, religion, age, ability, class, family structure, sexual and mental health, and other dimensions of potential discrimination, marginalization or stigma.    

Paper House Studio Residency

In House Exhibit for Residency at Paper House Studio

At the beginning of this year I had a wonderful opportunity to be a resident artist at Paper House Studio. I worked with Emily the Studio Coordinator who was really helpful. Overall it was a good experience for me - I learned a lot.
February 2017

SpaceRobe sketch

Space Robe drying

Power cell fabrication

PowerCells Red

Installation view Space Robe and Helmet

Taking off 

Close up of Space Helmet

Saturday, October 1, 2016

Occupy Space Exhibit: Time Travel Talismans Workshop October 1, 2016

Occupy Space Exhibit & Workshop 

Aug - October 2016

Farah Yusuf Curator
Farah Yusuf, Nat & Ashley (L space Director) 

Occupy Space taps into other-worldly imaginaries to address the social reality of Canadian diversity. The creators of the works featured in this exhibition move in from the margins to occupy speculative realms of popular culture – where the politics of inclusion remain contested.
The exhibition is grounded in Afrofuturism, which began in the ‘60s as a musical and literary genre that merges modern technology, African roots and futuristic imagery. By allegorically linking space travel with the forced migration of Africans slaves, Afrofuturism provides a platform to imagine alternative narratives of black identity that are empowered and self-determined.
A constellation of ethnically diverse and Indigenous futurisms have recently emerged to address similar themes of cultural alienation and reclamation. These narratives reject the idea of a compulsory black, Indigenous, or ethnic identity relegated to a historical past. By using visionary fiction as a blueprint for cosmic liberation, these futurisms are revolutionary acts of resistance to the whitewashing of western media. The impulse is no different from the current widespread use of Occupy Movement’s imperative to “take up space” on sites of tension to demand change.
Curated by Humber Galleries' Curator in Residence Farah Yusuf
Resource guide : Provides text and writing on the works in the exhibition.

Space Travel Talisman Workshop with Natalie Wood

Join me for a hands-on workshop in creating a space travel talisman. Participants will be provided with symbolic materials and be instructed in how to create their own talisman to use in their travels through time and space. The piece they create will ground them to their specific time for their return voyage, protect them in their travels and direct them to the time/ space to which they are traveling.

Humber Art Galleries - L Space
Lakeshore Campus
Room L1002
19 Colonel Samuel Smith Park Drive
Toronto, ON M8V 4B6

That's So Gay: Come Together - August 2016

That's So Gay: Come Together 

Hangman Installation & Video

Here are excerpts from the video Hangman and a link to see it. Like the title suggests the video references the game Hangman.
It is about the slurs and derogatory names that we get called - sodomite, battygirl/ boo, ni**ger etc and the thought that what if every time those words are used it conjures up and re-members a queer/ black/ radicalized and racialized person who is ready to fight against these labels and painful put downs. In Black Skin White Masks Fanon writes " A man who has a language consequently possesses the world expressed and implied by that language" and in Inventing Reality; Physics as Language, Bruce Gregory points out that language allows us to interpret our experiences and even the physical world and "how much of what we see is an optical illusion - an interpretation fabricated from our interaction with the world". Special thanks to Deidre Logue for equipment support. 

Gladstone Hotel Install June 8th - August 17th 2016

Hangman Installation Rm 205 @ Gladstone in the process

Installation of Hangman near completion

Opening Reception - Playing Hangman

Some visitors who talked about semiotics and the interactive element of Hangman that asks viewers to construct their own interpretations of partially formed words...

The visitors generating many solutions to those partially formed words - how would you complete .._ IGGER?

Even the kids could not resist brown paper on a wall and chalk 

All the partners involved in this Show - Gladstone Hotel President & artist Christina Zeidler, 10 x10 Curator, James Fowler, TSG Curator: Syrus Ware, & Lukus Toane Director of Exhibitions, Gladstone Hotel 

Gladstone Hotel’s 7th Annual TSG exhibition; a group show celebrating new works by LGBTTI2QQ artists curated by Syrus Marcus Ware.
The 2016 subtitle (Come Together) refers to many things: a call to action and activism during a year that has witnessed unprecedented coverage of cross-movement building amongst Indigenous, Black and POC Two-Spirited and LGBTTI2QQ communities, collective struggle and the need to unify and call for creative responses to transphobic and homophobic violence that is dis-proportionally affecting Indigenous and racialized trans women. TSG: Come together highlights the need for artistic engagement and responses to propel our activism into a new dimension.

Friday, September 16, 2016

Nia Centre for the Arts Exposed Exhibition: Solace March 2016

Natalie Wood, Erica De Freitas & Genevieve Wallen at the Opening for Solace.

Nia Centre for the Arts asked me to write the essay for this exhibit. Thank you Nia Centre for the Arts, Genevieve Wallen for having me jury and write to contextualize the work of the amazing artists in the show. It was held at the Gladstone, March 17th 2016.