Inviting the Outside In: Kirstie McCallum, Graduate Exhibition, April 23-30, 2019

Digital poster KM
Tuesday, April 23, 2019 - 9:00am to Tuesday, April 30, 2019 - 9:00am

The opening reception for  "Inviting the Outside In" takes place on April 25 at the OCAD Graduate Gallery, from 6-9pm. The exhibition itself runs from April 23-30, 2019. 


Kirstie McCallum is an interdisciplinary artist. Her work is process-based, exploring the behavior and expressive qualities of materials that she works with over long periods of time. "Inviting the Outside In" is an installation composed of precarious structures and ephemeral sculptures made from plant-based pigments, wood, plaster, and found objects. By conceptually dislocating elements from "the outdoors" and framing them in the human-centric space the gallery, the exhibition explores the the boundaries of our thinking about the power of human and non-human actions.

Venue & Address: 
Graduate Gallery
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Agreeable Silence

Agreeable Silence
Monday, April 8, 2019 - 3:00pm to Saturday, April 13, 2019 - 3:00pm




One of the most challenging processes that migrants go through is adapting to the sociocultural values of the destination country. Fear of not integrating into the new society causes many migrants to conceal important aspects of their selves. This form of self-censorship paradoxically enables the individuals to integrate or to remain integrated into the adopted society. I believe silence is one of the most common practices of self-censorship among migrant women; they remain silent in order to protect themselves from any risk of social harm and to avoid being misunderstood by others. In many cases, the natives of the adopted country interpret migrant women’s silence as a sign of agreement, and they choose to accept it as such in order to avoid tension. While self-censorship seems a harmless means of adaptation, this suppression can cause lingering psychological effects.

Agreeable Silence is a reflection of my personal experience, as well as my theoretical and visual investigation. The goal is to express the multilayered intrapsychological issues that migrant women face when they practice self-censorship, and to emphasize that while the moments of self-censorship may seem mundane at the time, the mental and emotional effects, such as depression, never part from its practitioners.



Lida Shanehchiyan is an Iranian-Canadian interdisciplinary artist and designer who started her formal artistic practice at the age of fifteen by attending a renowned art school Azadegan in Tehran. Later, she achieved Bachelor degree in graphic design from Azad University of Tehran and worked as a graphic designer and art director for well-known design agencies a few years before her migration to Canada. In 2006, Lida moved to Toronto and studied Master of Design (MDes) at York University. Since then, she has worked as a visual artist/designer and researcher with institutions such as OISI University of Toronto, Learning Technologies at Ryerson University, BMO and CIBC. Lida has received media recognition by BBC Persian and Now Magazine, etc. for her outstanding artworks.


Lida’s interests lie in such areas as thinking toward complex human problems such as gender issues related to socio-psychological matters which is reflected in her artistic practice including her MDes thesis “Contradiction and Paradoxes: Political Censorship and Visual Representation of Images of Women in Contemporary Iran” (2009), Her collaborative work with Political Prisoner Project with Dr. Shahrzad Mojab at OISI (2009 – present), and her current MFA thesis “Depression Behind the Agreeable Silence: Women, Migration and Self-Censorship”(2019).


Venue & Address: 
Graduate Gallery


Dori Vanderheyden
Tuesday, April 9, 2019 - 10:00am to Sunday, April 21, 2019 - 10:00am

My sense of what it means to be a human in the universe at this time, an artist working with materials is most closely aligned with theories from Post-humanism and New Materialism.  Borrowing freely and mostly from scholars Karen Barad, Elizabeth Grosz, Rosi Braidotti, and Nick J. Fox and Pam Alldred because they are influenced by the work of Deleuze and Guattari, and know so much more about what I did not know I knew as an artist, this paper is an expression of how events coalesced to become new art objects with embedded and embodied meanings. Without abandoning the enduring themes of sexuality, the body and colour in my work, I am studying the events of making new work in a new material with a new methodology in a new context with new experiences and new knowledge of my own sexuality, my own body, relationships, human sexuality, the biology and biochemistry of human sexuality, feminist and new materialist theory, colour theory, fluorescent plastics and the academicized art institution.

Venue & Address: 
Propeller Gallery 30 Abell St, Toronto, ON M6J 0A9

“I am so afraid of words”

I am so afraid of words
Friday, March 1, 2019 - 1:00pm to Wednesday, March 6, 2019 - 6:00pm

Tal Sofia’s graduate thesis exhibition “I am so afraid of words” is an examination of photographs as material objects that can be touched, carried, held, caressed and tossed away. Through multi-faceted research done over the course of a summer in Berlin and winter in Toronto, Tal Sofia follows a collection of early 20th century postcards handed down to her by her great-grandmother and namesake Sophie Rosenbaum. This creative journey—positioned in the unique intersection between photography, graphic design, and text—has resulted in a printed object consisting of original texts and photography, presented as part of a larger installation at Toronto’s Ignite Gallery.

Venue & Address: 
165 Augusta
I am so afraid of Words

Multisensory Mold

Shannon Lee Poster
Tuesday, April 23, 2019 - 2:15pm to Saturday, April 27, 2019 - 2:15pm

At any given time, we are surrounded by microscopic fungi. Our cohabitation with these invisible molds and yeasts is quite normal, regardless of where we live or how clean we keep our spaces. This research project aims to exemplify this reality by making the invisible visible and presenting a variety of fungi sampled from homes around the world. The visual component of the exhibition, fungal cultures within glass terrariums, are accompanied by sonic and tactile interpretations of the cultures as well. By means of a multisensory approach, this research project not only intends to demonstrate our entanglement with microscopic fungi, but also to counter unwarranted apprehensions and misconceptions. The mixed media tactile pieces and cross-modal sonifications invite the public to engage with and think about fungi in entirely new ways. This accessible, multisensory unveiling of our fungal roommates conveys just one microscopic example of the many interspecies entanglements that we take part in.

Venue & Address: 
Ignite Gallery

...just a moment

Carlina Chen poster
Saturday, April 13, 2019 - 2:15pm to Saturday, April 20, 2019 - 2:15pm

…just a moment considers how mundane, everyday materials and objects measure and materialize time. This exhibition explores how one perceives and experiences time through things. Each object and material in the exhibition, whether natural or man-made, indicates contemplation through its physical changes, transformations, existence and interaction in time with humans. Everyone passes time with pastimes.

Venue & Address: 
Ignite Gallery

Finding Folk: Contemporary Craft Regionalism

Thursday, April 4, 2019 - 2:15pm to Wednesday, April 10, 2019 - 2:15pm

Thesis Exhibition for Interdisciplinary Art, Media and Design Masters Candidate Katrina Tompkins

Venue & Address: 
Ignite Gallery

Ambiguous Origins

Ambiguous origins poster
Saturday, March 30, 2019 - 2:15pm to Wednesday, April 3, 2019 - 2:15pm

Ambiguous Origins is an exhibition exploring the boundary between the physical and the digital through augmented reality, installation and film. Drawing connections among science fiction, new media and mixed-race identity, Ambiguous Origins chronicles the journey of a space explorer and an Object of Ambiguous Origin. The works address contingency of identity in different contexts and the process of being (mis-)identified.


Adrienne Matheuszik is an interdisciplinary artist focusing in new media. Based in Toronto, Matheuszik holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the University of Ottawa and a Graduate Certificate from Concordia University. She is interested in hybridity and mixed-race identity. She works primarily with digital mediums such as augmented reality, video, sculpture and interactive installation.


For more information follow @hey_adrienne on instagram

Venue & Address: 
Ignite Gallery

Wild Things

Monday, March 25, 2019 - 12:00pm to Friday, March 29, 2019 - 12:00pm

Wild Things is a collection of domestic designs that follow the principles of biophilic design, anti-design and post-disciplinary craft processes. Designed in the spirit of experimentation and imagination, this work taps into the phantasmagorical properties that our everyday furniture and objects can hold, if thought of outside the constraints of modernism and mass production. Using visuals borrowed from the natural world, Wild Things examines the outcome when biophilic design is placed within a handmade design process.


Vanessa Lee Jackson is a designer and maker who creates furniture and objects which exist at the intersection between display and use. Her works showcase the properties that a practical object can hold through the use of conceptual forms. Vanessa’s intent is to open up the participant’s perception into the realm of the possible, rather than settling on a fixated meaning. She succeeds at this by integrating imaginative ornamentation into her furniture forms, highlighting that their aesthetics are just as important as their function.


Vanessa is currently pursuing her MDes at OCAD University and is an instructor in the Craft & Design Furniture program at Sheridan. She lives and works in Toronto.




Venue & Address: 
Ignite Gallery
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Gardens & Grottoes

Gardens & Grottoes
Tuesday, March 19, 2019 - 11:30am to Sunday, March 24, 2019 - 11:30am

Gardens & Grottoes speculates on messy entanglements between more-than-human agencies within cavernous garden aesthetics. In our time of anthropogenic impact, this interdisciplinary investigation proposes an immersed and enmeshed conception of humanity using paint, sculpture, video and installation practices. Through movement, multi-sensory engagement and blurring of bodies, this MFA thesis exhibition invites intimate encounters with the beings present.


Sarah Carlson is a painter, video and installation artist completing her MFA in the IAMD program at OCAD University. She earned her honours BFA in film production and studio art at York University in 2009, and BEd at University of Toronto in 2010. She has been a resident artist in Algonquin Provincial Park, Miguasha National Park, Toronto Islands, Dawson City Yukon, Barcelona Spain and Florence Italy. Her work explores expanded subjectivities within more-than-human worlds.

Venue & Address: 
Ignite Gallery