Conversations with Strange Beauty: Steve Kean

Body image remains a relevant topic in many different contexts. “Front to Back” focuses on the context of disability. Spina Bifida often results in the necessity of using a wheelchair. People look down on us literally and figuratively. We have historically suffered great indignity, even for sake of medical education. Being the subject of treatment and learning is an experience many of us share.

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Conversations with Strange Beauty: Mark Brose

My work in metal is about question and perception and story. It’s about metaphor and self-portrait. It’s about laughter and surprise and pain; the contrast of precious and non-precious. Is any material, or person, more valuable than another? Can a coloured elastic replace a ‘precious’ gem? Should it? What does a suspended piece of steel attracted to a magnet mean? What does it mean when the commitment breaks? Is it appropriate to ask questions in jewellery? Or valuable? read more

Conversations with Strange Beauty: Carrie Perreault

Impossible Conversations comes from the idea that sometimes you want to have a conversation with someone but you’re so scared the words won’t come out right, or they’ll misinterpret your intent, or they won’t hear you the way you want to be heard. And sometimes when you’re playing this conversation over in your head, you want the other person to say certain things – to reply in a certain way, so that you can forward the conversation in a particular direction. read more

Conversations with Strange Beauty: jes sachse

Freedom Tube is a work in progress, developed in its exploratory form during (and courtesy of) the inaugural Intergenerational LGBT Artist Residency at Artscape Gibraltar Point, Toronto Islands. For me, my queerness enters my art through my grotesque body; being queer has always been about more than sexuality, it is about embodying a retaliation from the structures in place around us. As a visibly disabled artist, I am in constant conversation with what it means to inhabit a freak body. Through a combination of digital and tactile media I aim to reveal that in order to destroy Disability; the ever-ubiquitous denial that all life is in constant oscillation between decay and renewal, disability as culture must itself be seen. read more