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Kathryn Wadel is an interdisciplinary mixed media artist, exploring the relationships between culture, art, science and social-engagement within her practice. She completed her BFA degree at Emily Carr University of Art + Design, with a Visual Art major and Social Practice & Community Engagement minor. In early 2018, Kathryn's work was featured in Leaning Out of Windows (LOoW), a four-year SSHRCC funded interdisciplinary art and science project, involving collaboration between artists and physicists to develop a shared understanding of how knowledge can be translated across disciplines and communities. As part of her pedagogical practice, Kathryn is the coordinator and instructor at the DeSerres Studio. She facilitates and encourages art-making as a creative process through socially-engaged material play. View Kathryn's work at www.kathrynwadel.com

Kristina Drinkwater is an abstract and illustrative artist based in Vancouver, British Columbia. She currently studies Fine Arts at Kwantlen Polytechnic University. Kristina primarily works with ink, watercolour, and acrylic paints. Her painting style is diverse, ranging from clean, crisp lines, to free flowing drip techniques. In contrast, her drawing style primarily focuses on illustrative figures. Various elements inspire Kristina's art, such as filmography, videogames, music, nature, and much more. Kristina shares her artwork and love of art supplies on her social media platforms, allowing her to incorporate her interests of photography, film and music into her creative process. View Kristina's work at www.instagram.com/kristina_drinkwater.

Astrid Dakowicz graduated from the Fine Arts Diploma program at Langara College in 2016 and is currently in her final year at Emily Carr University of Art + Design where she is a Visual Arts major with an Art + Textiles minor. Her artistic practice is varied, including painting, drawing, and carving, but most recently she has been focusing primarily on sculptural objects made through crochet, embroidery, sewing or weaving. She is interested in exploring the intersections of art and craft and seeks to merge or blur the lines between the two in her own practice. Her work engaged in discussions of play, interactivity, and participation, as well as story telling and healing through creating. This summer she was a part of a co-op with Julie Andreyev, a professor at Emily Carr, and contributed to the Bird Park project alongside Julie. She was also a part of the Kitsilano Cartems Winter Market in December 2017 where she sold some of her crocheted wares. View Astrid's work at www.instagram.com/astrid_dakowicz/.  

Aileen Bahmanipour is an Iranian born Vancouver-based artist. She received her BFA in Painting from the Art University of Tehran and MFA in Visual arts at the University of British Columbia. Aileen has exhibited her work in a body of solo and group exhibitions in Iran as well as in Canada, including her solo and group exhibitions at Vancouver’s Grunt Gallery, Morris and Helen Belkin Art Gallery, Gallery 1515, Hatch Art Gallery, and Two Rivers Gallery. She is the recipient of the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council grant in 2017.

Aileen’s practice is centred on exploring the inter-subjectivities between violence and identity, in the sense that they co-constitute each other. Through her experience of immigration she uses drawing and aesthetics of Persian miniature to challenge the figure/ground relations. By using transparent material to layer the images of bio-mechanical diagrams as unfolded information, and through folding the transparent ground of the image, she searches for the relationships between violence and identity within Iconoclasm.

With situating herself in the existing hybrid dialogue between Western and Eastern perspectives, Aileen attempts to challenge the very idea of perspectives in order to reach an anti-perspectival point of view, from which the subject’s understanding of image and the truth behind the image’s appearance can possibly construct a transparent relationship. View Aileen’s work at Aileenbahmanipour.com

 Irene He is a contemporary artist who focuses on the style of realism and illustration. She is currently studying in her third year of Film & Screen Arts at Emily Carr University of Arts & Design. Her practices include oil and acrylic painting, watercolour, film and editing, as well as traditional Chinese calligraphy. She has had two paintings displayed in the Lord Byng Secondary Art Gallery as well as five film prints featured in the Emily Carr Foundation Show. Irene has also volunteered at the Vancouver Art Gallery in which she has helped with the Kevin Schmidt exhibition along with the Family FUSE events. Most of her work is inspired by personal experiences and everyday life, where she translates her emotions into art. She constantly involves herself with different artists in the community to draw inspiration and improve upon herself as an individual. Irene’s website is currently under construction.