My website, sonjaportfolio.ca has been recreated and published at 9:45pm PST on Saturday, January 26, 2013.
BC Arts Council Award Recipient
I was awarded a BC Arts Council Professional Development Project Assistance Award for my professional activities including teaching, presentations and creation during the ArtsHealth North Residency in North Bay Ontario in the fall of 2011.
Art Residency in North Bay Ontario
I have been invited as artist in residence in the ArtsHealth North Residency located in the North Bay Regional Health Centre of Ontario from September 1 to November 15, 2011. This unique program connects wellness and creativity by supporting artist residencies within health care settings. It is a means of introducing the arts and artistic practices to an audience who will benefit by exposure to the joy of creation. I'll also be creating new works exploring ideas of dislocation through the use of decoupage and drawing and present two public art talks and offer art workshops during my stay. Here is the blog of my residency experience.
Exhibition: Higher Aspirations at the Child & Family Research Institute May 2011
The Higher Aspirations exhibition is a first event to commemorate the 15th anniversary of the Centre for Molecular Medicine and Therapeutics. This art exhibit explores the integration of art and science and celebrates with an evening of artistic, scientific, and intellectual exploration. The show will be up for part of the months of May and June. The opening night will take place on May 18th 2011 from 7:00pm - 8:30 pm at the Child & Family Research Institute located at 938 West 28th Avenue, Vancouver BC.
I was invited as an artist to take part in a televised debate stemming from the documentary Vancouver ville créative? This Radio-Canada Television documentary articulates the challenges faced by artists in Vancouver due to building developments, mega projects and draconian budget cuts for the arts in the province. The documentary aired on Radio-Canada Television on February 11, 2011 at 7pm.
I have been invited as an artist to take part in the City of Vancouver Community Roundtable for Artist Studio Regulatory Review in December 2010 and March 2011.
The City of Vancouver's Cultural Services invited artists in the community to a roundtable to address key issues affecting artist studio and live-work spaces in Vancouver, including affordability, availability, suitability, tenure, etc. Staff will be taking recommendations by artists to Mayor and Council in the summer 2011
“I find inspiration in many things but mostly through natural science, debris, and mythology, the gesture of dancers, graphs, politics and dreams. I draw to get back to basics, to the initial mark making process with carbon, the fundamental molecule of all life. I also enjoy manipulating materials and discovering what each has to say about this place we share”.