December 2016 Newsletter

Hello again!

It's been a while, I know.  I hope you've been well since I last wrote.  Apologies for the silence.  I have been working on my MFA at the University of Waterloo, but now that I'm finished, it's time to catch up!

You might notice that my work has changed.  I spent the two years of my MFA developing new work, and I like the direction it has gone.  Long story short, I've been exploring the process of how one might make a home for oneself somewhere new, using my own move across the country as a case study.  I am now based in Waterloo, and intend to stay here in Ontario.

Anyway, here's what's coming up, and what you might have missed!

All the best to you through the holiday season!

~ Jen
Infinity of Intimate Space / InterAccess Gallery
November 16 - December 10, 2016
Curated by Aliya Karmali

Infinity of Intimate Space features four emerging artists whose works explore space through memories and dreams. The exhibition is inspired by Gaston Bachelard’s book, The Poetics of Space, which discusses the phenomenologist's study of the sites of our intimate lives. From the intimacy of our houses, to desolate landscapes and brimming cities, to the deconstruction of digital forms, what reveries do we explore within the spaces we immerse ourselves in?

Works by Jennifer AkkermansIlze Briede (Kavi)Connor Buck, and Venessa Heddle

Image: Venessa Heddle, still from Funeral Wells (19:33 min digital video) shot with a Mobius Action cam affixed to a CNC router.

For more information:

InterAccess, 9 Ossington Avenue, Toronto ON, Canada
Deep Roots / Living Arts Centre
January 4, 2017 – February 20, 2017

Opening reception
Thursday January 12, from 7:00 – 9:00 pm

This exhibition is in celebration of Canada's and Ontario's diverse heritage, as the 150th Anniversary of our country approaches. I am one of fourteen artists in this show.

My grandparents immigrated from Holland in the early 1950's, and settled in Saskatchewan.  36 Antrim describes my memories of my Oma's house.  It is not lost on me that the objects that remind me of Saskatchewan while I live in Ontario are representations of the objects that reminded her of her home, Holland, while she lived her life in Saskatchewan. 

Living Arts Centre, 4141 Living Arts Drive, Mississauga ON, Canada

Canada: Day 1 Halifax / Pier 21
March 18, 2017 – November 12, 2017

Opening reception
March 21, 2017

Canada: Day 1 Halifax celebrates the experience of immigrants who've come to Canada. This exhibition feels particularly special to me as my Opa immigrated to Canada through Pier 21 in the 1950's. Although I am not an immigrant myself, I liken my own journey of moving across the country by myself to that of my grandparents.  Although I am sure their journey was much harder than my own, I do understand some of their challenges just a little bit more.

Artists in the exhibition: 
Chun Hua Catherine Dong
Charley Young
Jennifer Akkermans
Josefina Maranzano
Shauntay Grant
Sheila Esfahan
Lin Xu 

More information here: Pier 21

Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21, 1099 Marginal Road, Halifax, NS, Canada

In Case You Missed It:
You Can Never Go Home / MFA Thesis Exhibition

Jennifer Akkermans

Exhibition Description:
In the summer of 2014, Jennifer Akkermans packed everything she owned into her car and moved from Calgary, Alberta to Waterloo, Ontario.  Since then, she has been attempting to build a home for herself in Ontario.  You Can Never Go Home is the physical representation of this process. Torn between remembering her prairie home and attempting to acclimatize to her Ontario one, Akkermans uses herself as a case study. The process is incomplete, like some of the work in the exhibition. The obsessiveness and anxiety of the installation speaks to the discomfort of such a transition.  Through the work, Akkermans is attempting to discover who she is now, in this new place. 

More Images at
MFA Thesis Support Document

University of Waterloo Art Gallery

That's all, Folks!  See you in 2017!
Copyright © 2016 Jennifer Akkermans, All rights reserved.

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