Inside the Artist's Studio: A Visit with GardenShip & State

November 21, 2020 at 5:00pm

In partnership with GardenShip and State, an upcoming exhibition at Museum London (2021), Words will host a virtual studio tour with the artists and scholars who are in the creative process of mounting the exhibition for September of 2021!

As we stay home to stay safe, we will bring you inside the artists' studios to hear about their artistic practice.

Inside the Artist’s Studio: A Visit with GardenShip & State In Creation

“Open Studio” Visits and Shared Conversation

Featured Speakers: Ron Benner, Jeff Thomas, Michelle Wilson, Lori Blondeau, Mark Kasumovic, Quinn Smallboy, Patrick Mahon, and Joan Greer

Saturday November 21, 5:00 p.m.


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GardenShip and State is an artistic research project conceived at the intersection of environmental critique, decolonial theory, and artistic practice. It is motivated by timely questions:

(1) How can widespread environmental issues be approached democratically, to address complex and often competing claims by differing communities?

(2) Can art broaden awareness and stimulate individual and collective agency in the face of urgent environmental and colonial problems?

GardenShip and State is the title of a major forthcoming exhibition scheduled at Museum London (Sept. – Dec. 2021) that will involve 20 artists and scholars from across Canada and internationally. Join the artists and a writer, on zoom, from within their studios and workspaces, as they show us their works-in-progress, and together discuss their artistic processes and shared aims regarding GardenShip’s themes.

Around the Kitchen Table: Artists talk

Watch for postings for this program on a cold night in December!

Some of the best conversations about art don’t happen in critiques, but around the kitchen table: hands busy with some little project, tea cooling in mugs, everyone in a generous mood.

Please join GardenShip and State contributors Sharmistha Kar, Ashley Snook, and Michelle Wilson as they work on and discuss projects from their own domestic workspaces. This evening chat is an opportunity to bring your own projects and share in a virtual communal creative space. Join in the conversation or just sit back and listen (audio and/or video participation is optional). Space is limited to 15 participants so please register early.

We look forward to catching up with all of you, so grab your materials, pour yourself a drink of something comforting, and meet us on zoom. (dates TBD)

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Authors & Presenters

Mark Kasumovic

Mark Kasumovic is a Hamilton, Ontario born artist

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Lori Blondeau

Lori Blondeau is an interdisciplinary artist working primarily in performance and photography.

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Michelle Wilson

Michelle Wilson is a London-based artist.

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​Quinn Smallboy

Quinn Smallboy is a visual artist born in Moose Factory, Ontario, and a member of Moose Cree First Nation.

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Ron Benner

Ron Benner is an internationally recognized, London-based artist.

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Joan E. Greer

Joan E. Greer teaches the History of Art, Design, and Visual Culture at the University of Alberta

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Jeff Thomas

Jeff Thomas is an urban-based Iroquois, self-taught photo-based story teller, writer, pubic speaker, and curator.

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Patrick Mahon

Patrick Mahon is an artist, a writer/curator, and a Professor of Visual Arts at Western University.

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