Each poem, created from a unique collaborative pairing, strikes a balance between the work of the poet and that of the artist. This project expands the possibilities for how poetry and animation can be integrated and newly experienced.
Project commissioned and curated by Sharon Switzer.
Local Toronto video artist/animator, Joe Pascal, is currently enrolled at the Ontario College of Art & Design and working as a 2D Animator at Nextfilm Productions on the upcoming series Urban Legends. His works have been featured in various art exhibitions, and have been shown at venues including the Bloor Cinema and the 2008 Toronto Animated Image Society (TAIS) showcase. Joe's artwork is greatly influenced by artists such as R. Crumb and Max Ernst.
To check out more examples of Joe's artwork check out: www.thewetnurseartwork.com
Dani Couture is a poet and fiction writer. Her first book of poetry, Good Meat, was published by Pedlar Press (2006); she has a second collection of poetry forthcoming from Pedlar, "The Handbook," and she is working on a novel, "Black Bear on Water." Dani's first chapbook, midnight grocery, was mentioned in NOW Magazine's Best of Toronto 2005 edition. She is co-editor of Northern Poetry Review and the creator and photographer behind Animal Effigy (http://www.animaleffigy.com).
Kat Burns is originally from Whitby, Ontario but for the last few years as lived and loved in Toronto. She is currently finishing up at the Ontario College of Art and Design, majoring in Printmaking. As well as printmaking, she enjoys creating collage and paper 2D animations and keeps busy with her various musical projects. www.playthetriangle.com
Souvankham Thammavongsa is the author of two poetry books from Pedlar Press, Small Arguments (2003) and Found (2007). She has presented her poems at Mercer Union, Emily Carr, and Harbourfront's International Festival of Authors.
Nick Fox-Gieg is an animator and video artist based in Toronto. His short films have been shown at the Rotterdam and Ottawa film festivals, at the Centre Pompidou in Paris, and on CBC TV. His projections have been featured in the Festival d'Avignon production Boxed In and the Broadway musical Squonk; he's performed his live sound and video works at the Paradiso in Amsterdam and the Redcat Theater in Los Angeles.
Fox-Gieg received his MFA from the California Institute of the Arts in 2004, and his BFA from Carnegie Mellon University in 1999. He's received three U.S. state Media Arts Fellowships and a Fulbright grant to the Netherlands; he was awarded a Bravo!FACT project grant in 2008.
Karen Solie was born in Moose Jaw and grew up on the family farm in southwest Saskatchewan. Since then, she's lived in seven cities in Alberta, British Columbia, Ontario, New Brunswick, and Texas. Her first collection of poems, Short Haul Engine, won the BC Book Prize Dorothy Livesay Award for Poetry, and was shortlisted for the Gerald Lampert Award, ReLit Prize, and the Griffin Poetry Prize. Her second, Modern and Normal, was shortlisted for the Trillium Poetry Prize. A third collection, Pigeon, is due out in April. She currently lives in Toronto.
Felipe Siem was born in Venezuela later relocating to Canada, he is a animator/artist, recently graduated from Sheridan College in Canada. He now currently works at the animation studio March Entertainment doing background painting while freelancing on the side for Toronto independent film directors and also trying to get the "film and apparel company" named "no.definition" on it's feet with his two best friends. Learning did not stop after school ended he is constantly looking for ways to improve and strengthen his skills and portfolio.
Sherwin Tjia is a Montreal-based illustrator and writer. He has written four books and illustrated two. Next spring, his graphic novel, The Hipless Boy, will be released. By day he is a medical illustrator at McGill University, by night he organizes odd events, such as hipster spelling bees, sock puppet parties, and slowdance nights.