Meet the artists - 2015
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2015 Mentoring Artists
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My name is Reeny Hua and I am a student of the Alberta College of Art and Design. Before that, I attended Keyano College for Visual Arts and Design and have previously lived in the Municipality of Wood Buffalo for about five years.
As someone who has lived in Fort McMurray for a large chunk of their adult life, this place has come to manifest its meaning in a variety of ways to me and my family. In my youth, Fort McMurray divorced me from my Torontonian roots; I had to shake off a hardened, sardonic sense of humour and false sense of pride to deal with some uncomfortable (but necessary) truths. Fort McMurray was where I learned that I did not want a career in science and was giving into familial pressures in doing so. It has provided my parents with opportunity and bestowed privileges upon me that I could not have obtained otherwise.
Most importantly, Fort McMurray has strengthened my sense of community in meeting the important people who continue to support, cherish, and mentor me to this day. Nothing says “I see you” like than an instructor sitting you down and really listening to who you are the way my Keyano instructors did. Nothing says “I love you” more than a mother’s hands busy at work to provide for her children the way that my mom does. These gifts are what Fort McMurray has given to me and it is time for me to give back. I strive to do so with my time, art, and voice. I believe that the Wood Buffalo Artist in Residency program will be a great foundation to the emergence of my artistic career and the perfect segue into a life of rich community involvement.
My name is Rudolph "Ruddy" Tuneeko and I was born and raised in Namibia in Africa. I lost my mother at eight years old. My life became so empty without her beside me but my aunt stepped up to raise me. At the age of 10, I discovered that I could draw. I enjoyed drawing pictures of people that often mirrored my thought process as a child.
My passion for people, life and community was reflected in my drawings. With the support of some families and friends I went to the Franco-Namibian Cultural Centre art school from 2002-04 under Max Shiimi. I studied arts there for three years and earned an art diploma. My father encouraged me to keep the gift that God has given me. It is mine and no one can take it away from me. My childhood experience made me want to share something of value to the children, so I decided to raise funds for children by becoming a volunteer art teacher myself. I was also commissioned to do a book cover illustration about culture entitled “Ouwa Wombazu” which means Beauty of Culture under late Tjipoo Mate.
My unique approach to art include sculpting and recycling, using paper mâché, mix media art with spray paints and cardboard printing.
Luke has worked in galleries around Alberta, and shown throughout Canada. He currently resides in Windsor, ON, where he is a Master of Fine Arts candidate and a Graduate Assistant in the School of Creative Arts at the University of Windsor.
Artist, welder and welder inspector and daughter of a carpenter and poet, I am known for experimenting with one of the most beautiful materials on earth: Metal. Some of my art is currently expressed in conjunction with our community youth. “The Recycled P-Arts: A Community and Industry Art Project” was with high school welding students, teaching welding techniques, offering advice on how to use metals with composition and design collaboration.
The interest lies in using traditional principles/techniques with an unbiased group. Another current work “A Thousand Words Project” uses film photography with the now digitalized youth. Developing and enlarging in my darkroom, I put a hands on approach through the lenses of our community children/youth.
Working with our youth opens our eyes to where our art and culture is leading in our community. Currently we have many youth using graffiti to express themselves. Using words in a traditional art sense is a challenging to achieve. I believe through palindromes, ambigrams and concrete poetry, our youth can see other ways to express their arts and see there are many avenues to approaching how to express themselves.
“Creativity is allowing yourself to make mistakes, Art is knowing which ones to keep.” — Scott Adams