Recently, while perusing Instagram, I stumbled across two posts by two different artists, both riffing off the still life iconography of the Dutch old masters.
One was a photo by Kristin Sjaarda that captures a moment in time and the other, a video by April Hickox that captures a series of moments over time.
Intrigued by this synchronicity, I invited them to participate in a joint exhibition at *QueenSpecific.
– Joy Walker
April Hickox is a Canadian lens based artist, teacher and independent curator who lives on the Toronto Islands. Her work is based in narratives, with a broad range of approaches to subject. Through photography, film video and installation she explores personal history, site and more recently, the artistic process. Supported by all levels of funding throughout her career she is an active community leader, the founding director of Gallery 44 Center For Contemporary Photography, and Artscape. Notable exhibitions include the, Harbourfront Centre, Winnipeg Art Gallery, The Maclaren Art Centre, The Oakville Galleries, Tom Thompson Memorial Art Gallery and the Canadian Museum of Contemporary Photography.
April wishes to thank the following people for their support in the many aspects of the production of this work: Stephen Andrews, Ibrahim Abusitta, John Deal, Alexa Hickox, Merle Harley, Gaye Jackson, Nicolas Pye, Ray Salaber, as well as the Gibraltar Point Art Centre, Urban Space – 401 Richmond Street, and OCADU University.
Kristin Sjaarda has been a photographer for 25 years in the fine arts, commercial and editorial fields, lately specializing in interior photography. Recently turning to her Dutch roots, she has created a series of dark still life images inspired by the 17th century paintings of the Dutch masters and the variable light coming through her studio window. As an avid gardener, the flowers grown in her garden are often featured in the images. Kristin Sjaarda lives in Toronto, Canada with her photographer husband and their three boys.
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