Inseparable: The Creative Life During Times of Crisis

A Submission By Sandra Yuen MacKay During the last few months of the pandemic, I’ve felt a sense of loss, despondency and separation from others. As a person with mental illness, these feelings were exaggerated and accompanied by fear and obsessive thinking. I couldn’t teach and exhibitions were cancelled. I also developed tendonitis in my […]

Feature Artist Of The Week: Sandra Yuen MacKay

Artist Bio Sandra Yuen MacKay has dealt with barriers, stigma and mental health issues. She has painted for most of her adult life. Her medium is mainly acrylic painting and her content includes florals, city scenes and abstracts. Creativity is her passion and a key to her health and wellness. She attended the Emily Carr […]

Feature Artist of The Week: Trish Malcomess

Born and raised in South Africa, Trish lives in the Comox Valley where her practice is often inspired and informed by the natural environment to be found on Vancouver Island. Her concern for the human condition is often reflected in her interdisciplinary work, blurring boundaries between sculpture, ceramics, drawing, painting, photography, and life. She is interested […]

DOCUMENTING CORONA: SIGNS OF THE TIMES

A Blog Post by Trish Malcomess The Renaissance, one of the greatest outpouring of art in human history, emerged out of the Black Plague. It is interesting that corona means a white circle or set of concentric circles of light seen around a luminous body. With this in mind during this season of surreality, isolation […]

Call for Blog Submissions

Inseparable: The Creative Life During Times of CrisisJoin Kickstart in documenting the creative life during the COVID-19 pandemic. We are looking for literary, visual or performative artistic submissions from disability identified artists in our community. These works will investigate the creative process in this time of isolation, economic and health precariousness, and social uncertainty. Examples […]

Feature Artist Of The Week: Karen Colville

“Capturing the light is everything, it may seem it is everything, it  truly is an exploration of concepts, surfaces and memories of what the experience is in that very moment .As a plein air painter, it is always the light and in the moment, that I remember most about any location. It is my inspiration, […]

Cooking Post-Traumatic Savoury Dishes

Through a new multimedia project called “Cooking Post-Traumatic Savoury dishes, queer, disabled, mixed-race artist, Fran de la Luna explores the importance of comfort foods and the relationship to the different forms of trauma we carry. They also write about what comfort foods mean to them and how they are accessing comfort food to through living as a marginalized and racialized person.

Chronic Pain and Disability: A Toddler’s Tantrum

When I think about my own personal relationship with daily pain, I can break it down into a very simple metaphor. My pain is a toddler at the supermarket throwing a complete tantrum in the busiest aisle of the store. Now, we’ve all seen something like this at least once, a parent frantically trying to […]

Disability and Identity – Who I am and what is this?

Having a disability pushes a child to get to know themselves a lot faster than most children. A child with a disability is handed limitations that they don’t understand or often recognize in other kids, which leads to a lot of confusion, frustration and introspection surrounding identity. A child with a disability has to take […]